Madison Reading Project connects our community with free books and literacy resources that ignite a love for reading and affirm and reflect the diversity of young readers.
In 2013, Madison Reading Project was started by founder and Executive Director, Rowan Childs. On a search for reading resources, Childs discovered the alarming statistics associated with literacy rates and book ownership of families experiencing poverty. With a $1,000 seed donation, we served our first 30 children at the Salvation Army of Dane County's after school program.
Over time, we've grown to serve thousands of families, schools and community organizations by providing free books, and offering fun and engaging literacy programs to children and educators.
While we focus our efforts in Dane County, we also provide books across the state of Wisconsin, as well as collaborating with various international agencies.