we are :

Lowell RIF

We motivate children to read by enabling children to select new, age-appropriate, high-quality books to take home, own and read again and again.


Why We Do What We Do

There is a significant and cyclical literacy crisis facing America today and it begins with our children. Twenty-five million children in the U.S. cannot read proficiently.*  RIF believes that together we can make a real difference and set our children on a path of growth and opportunity.

* Based on analysis of NAEP scores



of 4th graders read below grade level, contributing to 8,000 students dropping out of high school every day



of children entering kindergarten lack the basic skills needed to learn how to read



of students graduate high school at or above reading proficeincy


How are we solving this problem?

  • Serving as the leader in generating awareness and a sense of urgency for the issue of children’s literacy.

  • Supporting the implementation of these programs in sites across our country in partnership with leading community organizations.

  • Creating high-quality content and programs that address key literacy issues.

  • Engaging with individual volunteers, sites, community groups, and organizations that share our passion to ensure that impact is felt at the local level.


Our Programs

RIF develops content and resources that produce measurable results. Through RIF’s various programs and partnerships, we provide opportunities for children and their families to experience the life-changing impact of reading. Reading is the fundamental building block to all life’s essential skills.


Books for Ownership

Books for Ownership, RIF’s flagship reading program, enables children to select new, age-appropriate books to take home and own and is supported by resources for parents, educators, and local literacy advocates to create a continuous focus on reading. This program enables participating children to select books to take home and own and relies on a simple yet fundamental truth, if you allow children choice and access, they will become more engaged readers and learners.

Literacy Central

Literacy Central is an online destination for teachers, parents, and literacy volunteers to get thousands of free digital resources tied directly to the books children love and teachers turn to everyday. The portal provides tools to easily organize and keep reading resources in one place with customizable book lists, printable lesson plans, activities, games, reading passages, calendars, and videos.

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“There are many little ways to enlarge your world.  Love of books is the best of all.”

- Jacqueline Kennedy

“The whole world opened up to me when I learned to read.”

- Mary McCleod Bethune


“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”

- Joseph Addison