About

Read a Book, Earn a Book is a student-centered tutoring program offering one-on-one literacy support. Each student chooses a book from a set of pre-selected titles. The book is then read cover to cover with support and “earned” upon completion. We provide the training and books (through generous donations) so that you can focus on developing a love of reading with your student. It is a simple and successful program. 

The Efficacy:
Students supported by Read a Book, Earn a Book improved an average of 5 reading levels according to school supplied 2015-16 TRC data. That is 5 reading levels, utilizing $5 in chapter books, with just 12 hours of tutoring support spread throughout the school year. We find that gains achieved during tutoring sessions are carried back to the classroom, where the effects are multiplied. It is truly a partnership between teachers and tutors.

The Approach:
Read a Book, Earn a Book promotes literacy by utilizing interesting reading material in a learning environment that is always safe and supportive. It is designed to build trust, promote confidence, encourage goal setting, and develop a lifelong love of reading.

The Commitment:
Read a Book, Earn a Book is offered in a 6 month block (October through April) and is structured around investing 30 minutes per week per student. We encourage tutors to commit to 2 students per week, back to back (60 minutes per week total). In the event that 1 student is absent, tutors may invest the entire hour reading with the attending student.

The Requirements:
Read a Book, Earn a Book requires an onsite orientation and training with a background check. To preview the training, please follow “The Strategy” tab.