LA Kings Partner with RIFSoCal!

The LA Kings - and yes, that includes mascot Bailey€“ are Reading Is Fundamental of Southern California’s newest partner! Encouraging our children to read for FUN outside of the classroom will be easier than ever we incorporate Bailey’€™s LA Kings Royal Readers and LA Kings Book Drives into our program. LA Kings fans -€“ BRAVO to you all - donated over 400 new and gently used books at the February 18th and 25th Kings games. The Kings’ mascot Bailey, the Ice Crew, and representatives from the LA Kings Community Relations Department recently brought the books, LA Kings stickers, shirts, backpacks and energy, to two RIFSoCal sites, creating major bedlam as they walked in the door! Children at Maryvale and Beverly WIC will never forget the excitement of the afternoon or the personally delivered message to read, read, read.

A heartfelt thank you to the LA Kings for believing in the future of our children and for sponsoring RIFSoCal’s 2012-2013 bookmarks and bookplates!

Ode to Books

Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them.
                  ~ Arnold Lobel

Read Across America!

It’s March! That means time for Read Across America and Read Across California

Join Maria Shriver in encouraging kids to read:

“Reading is a many splendored thing…Let’s end illiteracy in California!”

Sign up with ‘Soar With Reading’ and Jet Blue will donate a book to a child through First Book!

Green Foundation Program Director Attends Mann ES Event!

Program Director Elena Hermanson recently attended “The Gift of Reading”€ Motivational Reading Event at Mann ES, personally experiencing children’s excitement when choosing a new book to keep as their very own.

We sincerely thank The Green Foundation for helping RIFSoCal build a powerful program to support our children’s literacy development. Elena is the second from left.

The Eisner Foundation supports RIFSoCal!

We want our efforts to help children not just temporarily, but enduringly, by giving them the tools to dream and their families the resources to realize those dreams.

~€”Jane Eisner, President

RIFSoCal sincerely thanks The Eisner Foundation for believing, with us, that when you give a child a book you have given them the world!

AKA Sorority Sponsors Event for Children in Inglewood

On November 19, 2011, 35-40 children and their parents enjoyed a day filled with arts and crafts, storytelling, singing songs, puppetry, and creating artwork for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.  This annual event, hosted by Theta Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at the Inglewood Public Library, concluded with Sorority members reading books to the children, children reading books to the group, and families selecting three books, donated by Reading Is Fundamental of Southern California, to take home to keep for their home library.  Remaining books were donated to the “Hillsides” facility in Pasadena, CA, an agency that shelters foster children and children whose parents are incarcerated.

Even E-Book fans Want Real Books for their Kids

“When you read a book, a proper kid’s book, it engages all the senses. It’s teaching them to turn the page properly. You get the smell of paper, the touch.”  ~Alexandra Tyler

“€œI know I’m a Luddite on this, but there’€™s something very personal about a book and not one of one thousand files on an iPad, something that’s connected and emotional, something I grew up with and that I want them to grow up with,”€  ~Ari Wallach

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Alva Sachs Visits Voorhis School

Aspiring student writers at Voorhis Elementary School recently enjoyed a visit from children’s book author and RIFSoCal Board member, Alva Sachs.  Sachs, the author of On Your Mark Get Set Go, Circus Fever and I’€™m 5, read her stories to the primary students and shared how a book develops from a creative idea into its final published copy.  She then led a writing session with the fourth and fifth graders, explaining story boards, fun titles, colorful and interesting writing and the importance of writing a story with a hook to peak the readers’ interest.
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