For Teachers & Directors

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 2-5 in low-income communities throughout the St. Louis area.


Storytime Program

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.

What's Included?

  • Weekly 30-minute storytime with the same Ready Readers volunteer
  • Six to seven personalized, high-quality gift books per school year for each child and for your classroom
  • Extension activities for the teacher with each gift book
  • 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.

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Professional Development

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.

“The Magic of Turning Favorite Read-Alouds into Curriculum”
3 credit hours

“Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in MY Classroom? Yes!”
3 credit hours

“Helping Children Learn: Reducing the Effects of Trauma and Toxic Stress by Developing Emotional Literacy”
3 credit hours

For on-site professional development, workshop costs or stipends, or to suggest a workshop topic, contact our Literacy & Curriculum Coordinator.

Book-A-Day Program

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

Once a week — for 8 weeks in the fall and 8 weeks in the spring —Ready Readers provides the classroom teacher with a bag of 4 or 5 theme-based read-aloud books, along with extension activities and weekly curriculum plans. At the end of each week, the class chooses its favorite book from the bag to keep. At the end of the school year, each student chooses five favorite books to take home.

Participation in the Book-A-Day Program is currently by invitation. To learn more, email our Program Manager & Book Coordinator.

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