A citywide reading celebration,
February 6 – 10!

Thanks to the nearly 300 volunteers and 80-plus schools that made our 3rd Annual a rousing success! Watch this space for news on our next celebration of reading, the 2nd Annual Asian Pacific American Literature Read-In, which happens in May. 


In a diverse city like Oakland, it is critical our students have opportunities to see themselves–and all of their classmates–in the books they read. In honor of African-American History Month, we host an annual citywide appreciation of African-American writers and illustrators. The week of February 6, schools across Oakland will host literacy activities, including:


• Volunteer read-alouds in classrooms
• Family Literacy Nights
• Cross-grade buddy reading


Last year our 2nd Annual brought nearly 300 volunteer readers into 80 schools across Oakland, and we hope to top that this year.


If you’re new to the experience, check out our tips for reading aloud to students. Looking for the right book? We’ve put together a list of recommended titles, by grade level, hereNOTE: As of February 1, we have filled all of our volunteer slots! We hope to see you at a future Read-In.


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


Help us spread the word: Schools and volunteers, please share your Read-In experience on social media (using #OaklandReads and #ReadingIsPower, and be sure to email photos to info@oaklandedfund.org.


Questions about the Read-In? Please email Oakland School Volunteers Program Coordinator Lilly Smith (lilly@oaklandedfund.org).


Thank you to our Read-In partners:

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

Maya Angelou Library and Literacy Center

OUSD’s African American Girls and Young Women Achievement