Celebrate Literacy Award!

Along with the Orange County Department of Education, RIFSoCal has been generously awarded the Celebrate Literacy Award from the Orange County Literacy Association!

Promoting literacy worldwide is the main purpose of our parent organization, the International Literacy Association (ILA).  Each year, on ILA’s behalf, local ILA councils give a “Celebrate Literacy Award” to an agency, individual program, or organization that has made a significant contribution to the promotion of literacy.

2016-2017 RIFSoCal Bookmark Contest Winners!

Macy’s “Thanks for Sharing” Event Supports RIFSoCal


Once again RIFSoCal thanks Macy's for their support.  

Participation in their 2016 "Thanks For Sharing" holiday promotion netted RIFSoCal $114,152 to use toward book purchases!

In the 2016-2017 program year, RIFSoCal distributed 206,003 new, free books of choice.

Nekter Juice Bar and Sneaky Spinach to Partner with RIFSoCal

RIFSoCal is excited to partner with Nekter Juice Bar co-founder Alexis Schulze!  Combining her passion for children and healthy living, Alexis wrote Sneaky Spinach to encourage kids of all ages to eat nutritiously to fuel more active and happy lives.

This is a story about a boy named Nick who refuses to eat his vegetables. He doesn't know how important fruits and vegetables are for his brain and body, so a group of Super Spinach leaves come up with a clever little scheme. Will their sneaky plan finally show Nick the power of fresh fruits and veggies?

Alexis is available to visit local Orange County schools to read to classrooms and audiences alike, to help teach children about healthy eating.  The classroom program, designed to be both fun and educational, will not only make eating your veggies fun for kids - it will inspire them to take the valuable lessons of healthy eating in the classroom home.  Alexis looks forward to making your class a mindful and healthful one!

Nekter Juice Bar is a modern lifestyle brand devoted to empowering communities to pursue well-being.  Alexis leads the company's efforts to create delicious, nutrient-rich menu items, sneaking spinach in as much as possible.

To request a school or classroom reading, and get a preview of the program, please email 

RIFSoCal has a New Board Member!

New Board Member -

Melanie Thorne


Melanie Thorne is the award-winning author of the novel Hand Me Down (Dutton/Plume), a Kirkus Reviews' Best Fiction Book of 2012. Her short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Good Housekeeping, Global City Review, The Florida Review and The Nervous Breakdown, among others. She was awarded the Maurice Prize in Fiction, the Alva Englund Fellowship, and a Hedgebrook residency, and was a 2015 Tomales Bay Workshops Fellow, a 2014 Virginia Quarterly Review Scholar, and a 2014 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Mentor.

Melanie holds an MA in Creative Writing from UC Davis, and a BA in English from UC Davis, and currently teaches at the UCLA Extension Writer's Program and in private workshops. She has more than thirteen years of teaching experience with all age levels, and is excited to be working towards expanding the minds and hearts of kids through story and education. She believes that fostering a love of reading is the best gift we can give our children now and ourselves for the future. 

A HUGE Thank You to Orange County Whole Foods Market Stores

Orange County Whole Foods Market Stores partnered with Reading Is Fundamental of Southern California for a tremendously successful “Community Giving Day” on March 8th, 2017!

Between the Brea, Irvine, Huntington Beach, and Jamboree locations, $13,797.31 was raised and presented to RIFSoCal to help under-served children succeed in life by inspiring a love of reading!

RIFSoCal Welcomes Veronica Toyomi Ota New Board Member

Veronica is currently the Interim Choir Director at Marshall Fundamental Secondary School in Pasadena. Music and education are her passion.
Veronica received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Literary and Visual Studies from Tufts University in Boston. There, she had the opportunity to study literature from around the world, focusing on Japanese Literature and culture. She hopes to further her education and pursue a Masters in Education.
As a proud product of Pasadena public schools, Veronica is dedicated to improving public education and hopes to someday help develop a curriculum that focuses on the importance of compassionate activism. She believes that improving literacy among children is the first step in making this world a better place.

Macy’s Thanks for Sharing Event Supports RIFSoCal

Macy's is once again supporting RIFSoCal in the Thanks for Sharing Event, running now until December 31, 2016. Receive discounts on your Holiday shopping and provide books for deserving children. Please follow this link for further information and to enroll in the program.