Experts estimate that nearly 40 percent of U.S. 4th graders do not achieve basic levels of reading proficiency. The number is higher among low-income families, certain minority groups, and English language learners.
Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF)
As the largest children's literacy nonprofit in the United States, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) has placed 410 million books in the hands of more than 39 million children since it was established in 1966. Planting seeds of inspiration in our nation's most vulnerable children is what RIF and a network of more than 400,000 volunteers do. Whether in schools, homeless shelters, or community centers"wherever you find children"RIF volunteers spend countless hours distributing books, staging reading motivation activities, and promoting the importance of literacy in their communities.
It seems incredible for a book to launch a life, but it happens every day as hungry, inquisitive young minds reach out and grab hold of the new people, places, and ideas that books bring them. Our vision is a literate America in which all children have access to books and discover the joys and value of reading.