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Why is it important to read aloud to a child?

When you spend time reading to a child, he becomes more confident and proficient with reading. Which, in turn, means he’s more apt to read! The more a child reads, the more a child learns and becomes interested in things. As the love of learning increases, so do grades, vocabulary, standardized test scores, even the inclination to sit still and focus—and the chain reaction continues.

The reasons to read to a child are many. But best of all, those reasons last a lifetime.

How does Read to a Child® help children?

In measurable studies comparing children who participated in the lunchtime reading program with those who didn’t, the numbers were overwhelmingly clear. In just the first year of participating in the lunchtime reading program alone, nearly every child—99%—improved in the one of more of the following areas: vocabulary, listening comprehension, ability to articulate thoughts, self-confidence, enthusiasm for books and reading and overall reading ability.



What are the benefits to participating?

For a child who struggles with reading, the benefits are many. Improved reading skills have been proven to raise academics across the board. Even classroom behavior and focus improve.

For the volunteer, the benefit is knowing your small time commitment has changed the life of a child. And, of course, there’s simply the fun of being with children and reading and discussing stories.

For the participating organization, sharing a commitment to a cause—and one that involves kids—is uplifting and inspiring, tightening the feel-good bonds of teamwork.

How do I get my company involved?

Please take a look at our list of locations. Is there a Read to a Child® program in a location near you? Great! Recommend our program to the appropriate leaders in your company and encourage them to contact our branch office! If there is no program in your area, check out other ways to Get Involved.

Do I need to read every week?

We ask lunchtime reading program volunteers to commit one lunch hour every week to build a rapport between volunteer and student. To allow schedule flexibility, however, volunteers can partner with a coworker to read with their student on alternate weeks.

Can I get involved if there is not a program near me?

You can support Read to a Child® in other ways: become a corporate or community supporter, take the Read to a Child Pledge, make a tax-deductible donation, make purchases on via our link or just spread the word about Read to a Child to other adults. For more specifics on each of these, please visit our Get Involved page.

How can I participate in a Read to a Child® program?

First, check to see if your company participates in our program. If so, contact your company point person and tell them that you’d like to make a difference by reading aloud to a child. If not, recommend our program to the appropriate leaders in your organization and suggest they check out our website.

Can my child participate?

Every child deserves a caring adult who reads aloud to him or her! Take our read aloud pledge and commit to reading to your child at least several times per week. Take the Pledge here.

How much time do I need to commit to participate?

Just one lunch hour a week is all it takes to help a child become a better reader and student.

Is there a program near me?

Currently, Read to a Child® programs can be found in Connecticut, Detroit, Los Angeles, Boston and South Florida. If elsewhere, there are other ways to support Read to a Child. Please check our Get Involved page for more ideas.