Celebrate Black History Month by volunteering as a special guest reader at an Oakland school! Students thrive when they see themselves and their classmates represented in the books that they read. Join in the city-wide appreciation of African American authors and illustrators from February 3 – 7, 2020 and sign up below:

Sign up to read aloud!

Do you have a team of volunteers from your business or organization who want to read? Contact Program Manager Lilly Smith to set it up.


Thank you for joining in this celebration!


Resources for Volunteer Readers


To prepare for your star turn as a special guest reader, check out these resources:


• Get our tips for reading aloud to students and bonus tips from our partners at Tandem (and don’t miss the demo video on this page!)


•Recommended reading list HERE



We can help you host volunteers 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 Manager Lilly Smith (lilly@oaklandedfund.org).


Thank you to our Read-In partners:

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