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Our Goals

ALL area children are ready to read when they enter school.

Our goal is to improve the early literacy skills of children from birth so they begin Kindergarten with the skills and experiences needed to become successful readers.

We recognize that when all our children are reading well by 3rd grade, they are more likely to be successful students. 


Our Mission 

Get the whole community behind a common goal: ALL area children ready to read when they enter school.

Our communities will benefit in countless ways—both short-term and long-term when EVERYONE reads to children.

We work in two major areas:

-Ensuring kids have access to books

-Promoting literacy to families & community members so that kids are read to daily from birth.

We team up with the whole community to promote the value of literacy.

Our Partners

The work of preparing our children to read is communal work. It takes ALL of us, working together, to make it happen for ALL our area’s children.

Working with our partners is how we are able to achieve tangible results in improving the reading skills of our area’s children. When our children are better able to read our communities grow stronger.

Community Partners:

• Travel Master Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Grand Rapids Area Library • Grand Rapids Area Friends of the Library
Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital Invest Early
Itasca Area Schools Itasca Area Schools Collaborative Community Education
Kiwanis Daybreakers Kootasca Community Action
Minnesota Reading Corps Step Ahead


Major Donors