Our 2018 goal is to provide 30,000 books and over 100 literacy programs to underserved children in South Central Wisconsin.
Photo: Michelle Wimmer
Madison Reading Project is a nonprofit organization that works to provide books and literacy programming to underserved children in south central Wisconsin.
In order to reach our goal, we provide a variety of services to local schools, agencies, and children, distributing books and offering literacy programming to as many children as possible. Our services include book giving, literacy programming, and small-library curation. Our focus is on providing quality books and literacy programs to children who may not have books in their own homes or who lack easy access to books.
Access and exposure to printed and spoken words improves a child’s brain development, in turn helping with language acquisition and comprehension skills. Being read to by a caregiver is vital for a child, who learns to associate reading with bonding, caring, and enjoyment.
Difficulties in reading are directly linked to drop-out rates, unemployment, and crime rates. Schools and libraries, vital as they are to education, do not always offer enough of an access point to help underserved children overcome literacy obstacles.
Almost 13 million American children live in poverty. A low-income home does not always have the luxury of purchasing books. To help address these challenges, Madison Reading Project works to ensure that more children can have their own self-selected books in their own home.
We invite you to explore our website to learn more about what we do and how you can be involved in changing a local child’s life.