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!)


• Choose a great book to read from our recommended book list.



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!