Madison Reading Project helps give kids books… for free!

Having books in the home is the single biggest indicator of academic success

MADISON, Wis.– March is National Reading Month across the country, and the Madison Reading Project says having books in the home is the single biggest indicator of academic success.

Unfortunately, two-thirds of children from low-income households have no books at all.

While Madison has a wonderful library system, there’s something special about having books in the home and keeping them there. That’s where the Reading Project comes in to help.

The Reading Project’s number one goal is to get high-quality books in the hands of kids and educators who need them most. It gives books, for free, directly to kids at hundreds of book-giving events every year. In addition, it provides books to schools and community groups to build classrooms and program libraries.

Later this month, the organization’s Big Red Bus will be back on the streets. Until then, it’s up to parents at home to grab a book and bond with their kids.

Click here to give to/get help from the Madison Reading Project.

If reading isn’t part of your daily routine, or you want to make it a more positive experience, here are three tips for making the most of read-aloud time:

  1. Start early, read often. Reading to babies helps build your bond with them and grow their vocabulary.
  2. Read the pictures. Illustrations are visual cues that better resonate with kids. Before reading a book, take a ‘picture walk’ through the pages: look at the characters and the setting, and make predictions about what might happen.
  3. Press the pause button before turning the page. Read slowly, and ask questions along the way. Parents should share their reactions, too.