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 African-American Heritage Month, we are hosting a citywide appreciation of African-American writers and illustrators. From February 4-8, 2019, schools across Oakland will host volunteer read-alouds in classrooms, Family Literacy Nights, cross-grade buddy reading, and more.



Thank you for joining in this celebration! Volunteers make read-ins possible and send students the message that literacy and diversity are important.

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.


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


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


• Recommended book list coming soon!



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 (


Thank you to our Read-In partners:

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