Illiteracy often goes unnoticed in our communities but it is a major hurdle in the lives of nearly 93 million American adults. This newly released report finds that in Detroit 47% of residents are illiterate.

About half of Detroit can't read
Happy National Reading Month! It’s time to dig into some new books, of course, but also time to THINK OUTSIDE THE PAGES!: [ Link ]

Reading Is Fundamental | March Into National Reading Month
Kwame Alexander and Judy Blume together?! This is the photo we didn't know we needed!
It’s still National Reading Month! How are you championing literacy this weekend?
Research suggests that optimal learning happens when children have the opportunity to use multiple senses, such as sight, sound and touch. Thanks, WeAreTeachers for this list of ways to make literacy learning more hands-on!

8 Engaging Early Literacy Activities That Use Technology AND Hands-On Learning
Do you follow us on Twitter (@RIFWEB)? We're always sharing out gifs and literary content that is relevant to trending topics like this one for national Puppy Day!
#DYK 36 million people across America feel powerless because they can’t read a newspaper or help their child with homework? RIF has partnered with Voices for Literacy to bring awareness to this issue and educate more people about how they can help. Today we’re inviting you to join thousands of people across the country in making a bold statement about the importance of literacy. [...
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Leave Your Mark for Literacy
Our Read for Success program isn't just about books for children. It also gives educators a path to boost their students' reading skills. Thanks to our renewed partnership with Duke Energy, 3,000 current second graders in South Carolina will benefit from this program. Learn more about this program: [ Link ]
Show your support on your sleeve (or your bag)! When you donate $30 or more by March 31 to Reading Is Fundamental you’ll receive this Brown Bear Everywhere 50th Anniversary tote, as supplies last. Every $3 donated to Reading Is Fundamental will be matched with an in-kind donation of a book, up to 10,000 books, by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, meaning a $30 contribution equals a new...
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Iowa passed a comprehensive literacy law in 2012 aimed at making all third-graders proficient in reading and the Waterloo School District elementary school students have made some of the most significant gains! Way to go!

Kudos to Waterloo schools on literacy improvements
The Caldecott Medal is awarded each year to the most distinguished American picture book and today is the birthday of its namesake, Randolph Caldecott. Compared to his illustration below, how do you think illustrations in today’s children’s books have changed?
We love Kwame Alexander every day of the year but World Poetry Day is an especially perfect time to celebrate his work!

'Out Of Wonder' Aims To Inspire A New Generation Of Poets
Who comes to mind when you read this poem? Tag someone in the comments who you may not see often, but who inspired your love of reading. #WorldPoetryDay
Get your budding beatniks to celebrate World Poetry Day today! Explore different aspects of poetry to teach language such as a couplet’s rhyme schemes or a haiku’s syllables!
LeVar Burton joined forces with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) to kick-off National Reading Month! Read how he is keeping the momentum going and where his love of reading began in this article:

LeVar Burton Tackles the Educational Crisis Through Reading
It is International Women’s Month and also the birthday of author Lois Lowry! Lowry’s books bring complex issues off the page and into a child’s life, giving them the power to explore the world and understand the deeper nature of people.
Don’t forget: It’s Paws to Read month! Take a little time to devour a book!
Today in 1965 Alexy Leonov became the first person to walk in space. While your kids might not be ready for an out-of-this-world adventure, literacy allows us to walk in a different world for a while.