MESSAGE FROM THE COORDINATOR (6/1/2021):

As of May 31, 2021, this project is no longer funded. This website will no longer be updated and the social media channels will not be monitored, though the website will remain up until December 1, 2021.

Thank you for all your engagement and support! We’ve loved being able to share our expertise on early literacy and to make a difference in the lives of Alaska’s children. Ready to Read Alaska was created in 2008 to loan board and picture books to libraries and families throughout Alaska and to educate caregivers on the importance of early literacy, providing practical strategies for families to use. Over the years, the project has served hundreds of families all across Alaska; managed nearly 150 mini-grants to libraries from state funds for books, toys, and furniture; and organized several training opportunities, in person and virtually.

Our reading kits will still circulate as part of the Anchorage Public Library’s collection. You can find more information about the types of kits on their website.  Follow the Anchorage Public Library on social media to keep receiving great early literacy content, plus some more library goodness, too.

Thank you for some wonderful years!

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Ready to Read Alaska (2008-2021) was a statewide initiative for families and caregivers of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in Alaska. The program’s mission was to promote early literacy development in Alaska’s young children to create the foundations needed for when a child begins to learn to read. To achieve this mission, the program:

  • Provided free training to parents, caregivers, librarians, and educators about early literacy topics, including how to build early literacy skills.
  • Loaned free reading kits to parents, caregivers, and organizations that serve infants, toddlers, and preschoolers such as child care providers, libraries, health clinics, etc.