Read Big, Read Together

In Portland, we want to turn all early learners into successful readers. That’s because students who read well by the end of third grade are more likely to finish school, succeed in college or a career, and contribute to our community. But schools can't do it alone. Read at home with the child in your life. Donate a book to a local family. Help young readers in a neighborhood school.

Every student can read. All of us can help.

The Portland Trail Blazers and Blazer center Robin Lopez want to turn Portland students into reading super heroes! “Read Big!” and win prizes, including a party with Blaze and the Trail Blazers.

Read Big, Blazers press release

How can you help your child better learn to read? Here are reading tips and tools for families. Make the most of your reading time together. Find lists of exciting books you’ll both enjoy. Learn what reading skills early readers are learning in school.

Multnomah Library Parents page
Books for Parents
Parent Guide to the Common Core (PDF)

Join The Children’s Book Bank, New Seasons Market, Rivermark Community Credit Union and scores of PPS schools for an unprecedented city-wide book harvest taking place now through Nov. 22. Together, we can collect 25,000 new and gently used books and put them in the homes of children who need them.

Children's Book Bank
Book Harvest Details

There are many ways you can help turn an early reader into a successful reader. Check out this list of non-profits and find a volunteer opportunity match for your talents.

Reading Results
SMART
80%ers
SUN Schools
The Shadow Project