The mission of Read to a Child is to increase children’s success in reading and in life by inspiring adults to read to them regularly.


One day all children will be read to regularly by a caring adult, improving their chances to become healthy, productive members of society.


Read to a Child is a national literacy and mentoring non-profit that inspires caring adults to read aloud regularly to underprivileged children to create better opportunities for the child’s future. Research shows that reading aloud to children is the single most important activity for eventual success in reading, a key factor for success in school, work, and life. When an adult reads aloud to a child, both parties have a joyful, rewarding experience that instills a love of reading, improves literacy skills, and enhances a child’s self-confidence. Read to a Child’s Lunchtime Reading Program utilizes more than 1,700 volunteer mentors from over 125 socially-minded organizations who read one-on-one to more than 1,300 at-risk elementary school students in greater Boston, Connecticut, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Miami.

Why Read to a Child?

The landmark 2013 Annie E. Casey Foundation publication, Early Warning Confirmed: A Research Update on Third-Grade Reading, reported that 80% of 4th graders from low-income families nationwide are not proficient in reading and that more than ¼ of these struggling readers do not graduate from high school!