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 LGBTQ+ Pride Month, we are hosting a citywide appreciation of children’s literature that celebrates the lives of LGBTQ+ people and families. From June 25-29, 2018, summer school classrooms and pre-schools across Oakland will host community volunteers to be special guest readers to celebrate our first annual event!



Thank you for joining in this celebration! Choose the school and volunteer activity that works for you and sign up here. 


In preparation, check out these resources:


• Tips for reading aloud to students (and don’t miss the demo video on this page!)

Tips for volunteers presenting LGBTQ+ material

Recommended book list to help you pick the perfect book to purchase, borrow from the library, or bring from home.



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).


CLICK HERE to sign up your class.


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!