Develop a Classroom Reading Environment
Early childhood educators have a unique opportunity to tap into a child’s natural curiosity and encourage early learning. Ready Readers reinforces these efforts, partnering with licensed or license-exempt early childhood programs to provide early literacy services and resources. We serve children ages 5 and under in low-income communities throughout the St. Louis area.
Through our free Storytime Program, we bring joyful experiences to your classroom with weekly visits by our trained volunteer Readers. Children hear new stories each week and delight in activities that bring books to life.
- Weekly 30-minute storytime with the same Ready Readers volunteer
- Seven to eight personalized, high-quality gift books per school year for each child and for your classroom
- Extension activities for the teacher with each gift book
- For additional copies of extension activities, email our Literacy & Curriculum Coordinator
- Quarterly Ready Readers e-newsletter
- Opportunities to participate in free, literacy-based field trips
- Additional new and gently used books for classroom libraries
For more information about the Storytime Program,
email our Volunteer Coordinator.
Teachers who participate in our program are invited to attend Ready Readers state-approved, professional development workshops, created by our own Literacy & Curriculum Coordinator. Join us and discover new ways to energize learning in your preschool classroom, while also earning state-required, clock-hour credits. Each session includes books for you to take back and share with your eager little learners.
“Helping Children Learn: Using Children’s Literature to Reduce the Effects of Trauma, Develop Emotional Literacy, and Teach Self-Calming Techniques”
3 credit hours
“Full STEAM Ahead! Using Children’s Literature to Play and Learn Across the Curriculum”
3 credit hours
“Music, Movement & Imagination: Storytime FUN!”
2 credit hours
For on-site professional development, workshop costs or stipends, or to suggest a workshop topic, contact our Literacy & Curriculum Coordinator.
To promote classroom reading beyond our weekly visits, Ready Readers now offers the Book-A-Day Program. It’s a great way to explore new topics and to build libraries at home and in the classroom.
How it works
In this two-year program, Ready Readers provides the classroom teacher with 16 weeks of themed units and 64 new read-aloud books, along with extension activities and weekly curriculum prompts. Teachers receive up to seven state-approved professional development clock hours each year as part of the Book-a-Day program. Teachers communicate regularly with Ready Readers about their classroom’s progress throughout the year. At the end of the school year, each student chooses five favorite books from the themed units to take home for summer reading.
Participation in the Book-A-Day Program is currently by invitation. To learn more, email our Program Manager & Book Coordinator.