The Read Aloud Program
The Key to Success
For decades, reading aloud has been promoted as the key to children’s success in school and in life. Evidence clearly shows that when parents regularly read aloud to their children, they simultaneously exercise children’s neurons and build emotional strength, which prepares children for academic and career success. That’s why Read Aloud America overhauled the typical reading program for kids and created something that works: the Read Aloud Program (RAP). For over 20 years, RAP has bonded families through the transformative power of reading aloud.
About the Read Aloud Program
Encourage parents and teachers to read aloud to children on a regular basis.
Provide resources to help parents and teachers choose books and read to children.
Demonstrate the pleasure of reading and its relevance to daily life.
Nurture a love of reading in parents and awaken a love of reading in children.
Encourage families to limit television, computer, and screen time and read.
How RAP Works
RAP takes a traditional reading program for kids and families and transforms the experience into something that leaves a lasting effect. RAP gathers hundreds of parents, kids, school staff, and local volunteers for a fun night of read-alouds, book swaps, resources, dinner, and prizes.
Schools host RAP for 4-6 sessions during one semester. Sometimes schools opt for a 1-session “mini RAP.” Local sponsors provide funding, and community volunteers assist with coordination and logistics.
RAP Night at a Glance
RAP is unlike any other reading program for kids. Combining the familiarity of a school community with the excitement of a fun-filled festival, RAP engages participants in two hours of interactive games, read-alouds, and family fun time. Because RAP is hosted in the evening, each session is affectionately called “RAP Night.”