Visit Jane Yolen at her home, along with co-author and daughter, Heidi Stemple. And cheer them on this Saturday at The River's Family Music Meltdown and Book Bash! Listen to their interview here!
Since 1989, The Reading Connection has provided books and reading mentors to children of at-risk families in northern Virginia and Washington D.C. The need is great: Over 60% of low-income families have no children’s books in their homes. Experts say reading aloud is one of the best things we can do for kids' success; that children need to hear 1,000 stories read out loud before they can learn to read for themselves.
From the original Read-Aloud program providing books and reading mentors for kids in homeless shelters, The Reading Connection's programs have expanded to cover children in transitional and affordable housing. We now address the literacy needs of parents and send books through the mail. Our reach has grown to over 1,300 kids who receive 9,000 new books each year.