Read Aloud Coalition
A large number of Bay Area children do not have books in their homes and live with parents who are not accustomed to using libraries. These children enter school significantly less prepared to learn to read than many of their peers. Since 1998, our Read Aloud Coalition has worked with local nonprofit organizations to encourage parents to read to their children ages 0 – 5. Coalition members work directly with families with very young children and most make regular home visits.
The Read Aloud Coalition meets regularly to discuss parent training methods, to exchange information, and to select free books for the hundreds of families served. Through a targeted Esperanza Grant from the Isabel Allende Foundation, the Children’s Book Project is able to supplement our donated books with new, multicultural, multilingual titles for infants and toddlers of the hundreds of families served by the Read Aloud Coalition.