Kids Read Now Selected as Library of Congress 2022 Literacy Award Winner

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K-5 in-home reading program, Kids Read Now, selected as one of twelve 2022 Library of Congress Successful Practice Honorees for their implementation of highly successful practices in literacy promotion.

Library of Congress 2022 Literacy Award Winner - Successful Practices Honoree Badge

Library of Congress 2022 Literacy Award Winner

A literal badge of honor. We are humbled and thankful to be selected by The Library of Congress as one of just a few 2022 Successful Practice Honorees for our “implementation of highly successful practices in literacy promotion.”

Each year the Library of Congress reviews hundreds of nominated nonprofit organizations working to improve literacy outcomes around the world. The selection advisory board has included reading advocates former First Lady Barbara Bush and author James Patterson.

The review board looks for Innovation, Sustainability, Replicability, Measurable Results and Evidence-based Practices. Kids Read Now (KRN) exhibited these traits over each of its ten years in operation, leading to this prestigious win.

KRN’s core innovation is to mail self-selected books every week to K-5 students while building multi-modal, multi-lingual extensive student and parent engagement tools; offered as an affordable Title funding-eligible turnkey program, managed for school districts.

The drive for low costs and easy implementation by rural, suburban and urban schools allows the program to cover costs and scale, having gifted almost 3 million books to 100,000 families in 38 states.

Parents and educators send us hundreds of positive testimonials and stories each year, sharing the positive impact our program has on their kids.

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Kids Read Now (KRN) is an innovative, in-home summer reading program. We engage schools, parents and kids through a “read-report-repeat-results” strategy that builds excitement in readers and encourages them to keep reading all summer long.

KRN focuses on prevention rather than intervention—we strive to keep kids reading so they don’t lose reading/literacy skills when away from the classroom. School districts contract with KRN. The program begins in the spring with teacher training. Teachers help students select eight books they want to read and parents provide summer contact information and agree to help their child(ren) read (supported by weekly check-ins from KRN). Families attend an in-person or virtual Family Reading Event near the end of the school year to familiarize families withe the program and get them excited. We challenge students to read each week and challenge their parents to read with them and discuss the questions on the Discovery Sheets included in each book.

As students finish a book, parents send KRN a text or report on the Kids Read Now app, telling us which book they’ve read. Students who read all their books receive a completion certificate and reward.

KRN serves over 100,000 PreK-5 students in 30+ states. Our program shows a 2.5 month learning gain; 86% of educators would recommend KRN; and 89% of parents report their child reads more after being part of the KRN summer program.

Kids Read Now builds students’ literacy skills while building family literacy and a lifelong love of reading.

As noted by Geoffrey D. Borman, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin’s Center for Education Research, “KRN can more than eradicate the entire two months of summer learning loss experienced by low-income students.”

Fall vs. Spring 2019 Reading Achievement results (the latest available) for reading scores of 500+ participating youth in Ohio and Michigan comparing them to 310 non-participating youth showed full treatment students (youth who received nine books) had a gain of 2.5 months of learning; and even better, some cohorts showed 4 months of gains. This study meets ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Level II (strong evidence) standards for program efficacy.

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