Read Aloud Norfolk

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Organization Profile

Read Aloud Norfolk promotes healthy, successful children and families through reading aloud. We help educate the public about the importance of reading aloud and provide resources (e.g. books) to help ensure that it happens.  In the last 10 years, we've distributed over 60,000 books (approximately $500,000 in retail value) at less than a dollar a book through our participation with the First Book National Book Bank in Washington, D.C. and and as a Scholastic Literacy Partner.

Read Aloud Norfolk is the primary sponsor of the annual Children's Day Festival at the Sunset Plaza each February with it's "For the Love of Reading" theme.  We are responsible for bringing the Prime Time Family Reading Time program to Norfolk and support its implementation.  We provide copies of "Read to Your Bunny" to new moms and dads as they leave the hospital toencourage them to "read to their bunny 20 minutes and day so someday their bunny will read to them."  We participate regularly in Jumpstart's Read for the Record with Head Start and local preschools to further promote early childhood literacy!

Project Description

Read Aloud Norfolk is registered with the First Book National Book Bank in Washington, D.C. This enables us to obtain new, high quality books for just the cost of shipping (55 cents per book).  These books are then distributed to children in the Norfolk area who live near, at or below the poverty level.  We typically work with Head Start and elementary schools serving a high percentage of students eligible for "free or reduced lunches".  These children live in homes where books are a luxury and not part of everyday life!