We Empower Children to Read, Learn, and Grow

Reading Is Fundamental is committed to a literate America where all children have the opportunities that literacy provides. Our model for impact is grounded in creating a culture of literacy for the children we serve - providing choice and access to books, as well as engagement opportunities for these children and the educators, parents, and caregivers that nurture and support them.


Reading Is Fundamental is proud to lead this first annual convening of thought leaders to address the impact of childhood literacy on national workplace readiness and skills. This September, speakers will discuss ways to address the literacy gap in helping to provide future generations with the skills to positively contribute to their families,the economy and society!

To request an invite to this event, please contact us.

About Us

Founded in 1966, Reading Is Fundamental is the leading voice for children’s literacy.  We address the alarming literacy crisis in America today through strong leadership, quality content, and an active and engaged community. 

How We Help

RIF creates needs-based content and targeted programs that align key literacy issues with proactive and measurable solutions. Our efforts begin with books and continue with resources, activities, and professional development for educators, parents, and literacy volunteers to ensure that reading turns into a journey of opportunity for all children.

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For over 50 years, RIF has built a legacy grounded on the basis that all children have the right to learn to read. In partnership with volunteers, companies, and community organizations, RIF has distributed over 415 million books and impacted the lives of more than 40 million children nationwide.

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Support RIF

RIF is successful because of the many individuals, community organizations, and companies that have joined our mission to ensure every child can read. Learn more how you can support RIF and make a difference today.

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Stay connected to RIF and see how we are creating positive change one child at a time.

Literacy Resources

Literacy Central is an online destination for teachers, parents, and literacy volunteers to get thousands of free digital resources tied directly to the books children love and teachers turn to everyday.


The RIF Literacy Network is an online destination with free resources and support for anyone who wants to champion children's literacy in communities nationwide. We invite you to join our community and explore the many tools available to help you make a local impact.

Your contribution will help us provide free books and literacy programs to children across the nation.

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