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Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program

Guided by the fact that literacy is essential to lifelong success, Page Ahead provides new books and develops reading activities that empower at-risk children. Founded in 1990, Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program has given more than 3.5 million new books to more than 950,000 children through collaborations with schools, social service agencies, preschools, and early childhood programs across Washington. Through our programs, we work to erase the early reading gap for underresourced children before it becomes an “achievement” gap. Page Ahead has grown from a King County book giveaway project to the leading provider of children’s books and literacy services in the state, currently serving more than 17,000 students in eighteen counties, and a top-ranked early childhood education program nationwide on Charity Navigator.



Having books at home is the greatest predictor of a child’s future academic success. And during summer breaks and school closures, that book access is more important than ever, especially for children in majority low-income communities. Put books on kids’ shelves with a gift to Page Ahead today!


Buy books from Page Ahead’s Amazon or Bookshop wish lists to be delivered to the Page Ahead offices; books will then be distributed to young readers throughout Washington.

Cash donations to Page Ahead right now will help us get books to kids who need them most during these unprecedented times of school closures and remote learning.


 

Resources for Families

Reading Together

If you’re home with your young students, you may have more opportunities to read with them than usual. Here are some questions to ask your child to help make the most of your story times together:


Families Read Booklet

Also check out: Family Involvement Program Services online and printable resources.

Learning at Home

Page Ahead’s Story Times with Friends: We will be posting brand-new story time videos with some of our favorite picture books to our YouTube channel. Check back regularly!

Scholastic’s Learn at Home: day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.



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Our Programs
  • Book Up Summer
    Provides new books (up to 12 books to each child per year) to read, share, and cherish.
  • Story Leaders
    Increases language development and enables students to take a more active role in reading.
  • Family Involvement
    Educates and empowers parents to support their children's learning.

Testimonials
  • Parents
    "Ashley loves to read. I gave her a book that she can be challenged by with puzzles and brain teasers. She is having fun while she reads. Having fun and loving to read are the keys to success."
    – Mary S.
  • Children
    "The book is magnificent, awesome, happy, and interesting. It helps me learn, and it helps me be smart."
    – Fuamai, Van Asselt Elementary, Seattle
  • Teachers
    "The economy in our area rarely allows parents to provide more than the necessities for their children. And unfortunately, books are considered luxury items."
    – Mary Willey, Reading Specialist, Oroville Elementary, Oroville