A citywide reading celebration,
February 6 – 10!

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.


Be a reader at one of our schools the week of February 6 – 10. Sign up hereIf 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, here.


To get your school involved in the Read-In, please fill out our brief form hereIf 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).


Thanks to our Read-In partners and sponsors! (Logos coming soon.)