In a diverse city like Oakland, our students need opportunities to see themselves—and all of their classmates—in the books they read. To honor Latinx Heritage Month, we are hosting a citywide appreciation of Latinx writers and illustrators. From October 2-6, 2017, schools across Oakland will host volunteer read-alouds in classrooms, Family Literacy Nights, cross-grade buddy reading, and more.




Thank you to the nearly 200 volunteers who shared Latinx literature with students in over 50 Oakland schools!


Save the date for our next Read-Ins:

African American Literature Read-In Week, February 5-9, 2018
Asian Pacific American Literature Read-In Week, May 7-11, 2018


If you’re interested in more Read-In resources, check out our tips for reading aloud to students and our recommended Latinx Read-In book list.



We can help you host special guest readers from the community or send staff to document other celebrations you might choose to host (examples: assemblies, family engagement event, cross-grade buddy reading, after-school special activity).


If you’d like some pointers, try our tips on hosting Read-In volunteers at your school.



Schools and volunteers, we hope you’ll share your Read-In photos and stories on social media using #OaklandReads and #ReadingIsPower!


Questions about the Read-In? Please email Oakland School Volunteers Program Coordinator Lilly Smith (


Thank you to our Read-In partners:

Read-In Roadmap: watch our read-aloud demo video!