Macys “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.

Young Authors’ Faire: Orange County

You are invited to attend “Celebrate Your Story” at the 14th Annual Orange County Young Authors’ Faire!  

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Locations: Aliso Viejo, La Habra and Tustin Libraries

The Young Authors’ Faire is a community literacy showcase celebration for students that include opportunities to meet authors, illustrators, storytellers, and engage in hands-on literacy activities.

Pizza with a Purpose!

Your mission - if you choose to accept it - is to eat pizza on Monday, October 21!

And not just any pizza - CPK pizza - Pizza with a Purpose! 

Pizza for BOOKS!  


Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Exciting news! RIFSoCal participated in the 18th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books held on Saturday and Sunday, April 20 – 21 on the USC Campus.

We shared the Civic Engagement booth #701 in the John C. Argue Plaza to promote great entertainment including storytimes with five of our favorite children’s book authors. Each author read and raffled twenty-five signed copies of their books, and twenty-five lucky children received one to keep as their very own. We were very excited to have Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker to most of you) read Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss.

 RIFSoCal  also raffled two Kindle Paperwhite 3-G E-Readers!  Saturday’s winners were Sylvia and Wesley Witherspoon. The winners on Sunday were Karina and Kim Alexander. Congratulations! Enjoy your Kindles and keep reading!


Saturday, April 20:

11:30 - 12:15 Alva Sachs, author of I’m Five, Circus Fever, and On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!, will read and raffle copies of Circus Fever.

12:15 – 1:00 Laura Marlowe, author of Tommy the Throwaway Dog, and Roo B. Dee and the Lazy Day, will will read and raffle Tommy the Throwaway Dog.

4:00 – 4:45 Gladys Elizabeth Barbieri, author of Rubber Shoes, and Pink Fire Trucks, will read and raffle her book, Rubber Shoes.

Sunday April 21:

1:00 – 1:45 Sheri Fink, author of The Little Rose, Exploring the Garden with the Little Rose, The Little Gnome, and The Little Firefly, will will read and raffle her book The Little Rose.

1:45 – 2:30 Elle Febbo, author of What Love Is…A-Z, will will read and raffle copies of her book What Love Is…A-Z.

Million Word Challenge

Every year, families, schools, and community leaders join together to challenge Los Angeles County students, preschool through 12th grade, to read millions of words outside of the classroom. Under the leadership of Families In Schools, and now in its 11th year, the Million Word Challenge engages hundreds of schools to promote the power of reading. The 2012 Million Word Challenge brought the power of reading to over 180,000 students in 357 Los Angeles County schools from 48 school districts.


The 2013 Million Word Challenge launched February 4, 2013. Los Angeles County schools may register at Once registered, schools have access to the tools they need to support literacy on their campus through an on-line handbook. A Million Word Challenge webinar is also available to help staff support the campaign at their school.

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!

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.

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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