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"If, at the current pace, America

continues to lose the habit of

regular reading, the nation will

suffer substantial economic, social,

and civic setbacks.”
- Dana Gioia, Chairman of the

National Endowment for the Arts


Did you know that…


  • 60% of kindergarteners in                                                                  low-income families do not                                                            have a single age-appropriate                                                      book book in their home?

  • The only behavior measure                                                              that correlates significantly with reading scores is the number of books in the home? 

  • Reading for pleasure correlates strongly with academic achievement?

  • 90% of children living in poverty in Los Angeles have parents with “below or no” literacy skills?

  • When students read books of their own choosing, they are more likely to be motivated, independent readers.

  • More than 65% of all State and Federal correctional inmates can be classified as low literate.​​


Reading Is Fundamental of Southern California’s primary goal is to compel children to read by putting books of choice in the hands of those who otherwise would not have access to them - books they will be excited to read purely for pleasure.  We seek to create a culture of literacy and an environment that supports it by building the home libraries of children and fostering a community that rallies around literacy. 


To promote literacy and motivate children to read by providing new books to create home libraries for underserved children in Southern California.

"I want to read with my family so they

could be better readers like me."

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Contact Information

Carol Henault

Executive Director

Oscar Cux

Program Service Manager

Raymond Gonis

Warehouse Manager

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