The Re(a)d Zone has partnered with the following organizations to provide resources that encourage literacy-rich environments for children and their families. Click on the logo to learn more.

The Re(a)d Zone recently held a webinar for its grantees about the resources available to them and their communities this summer.
You can listen to the recording below and download the slides here.

First Book

What     The First Book Marketplace provides access to new books for children in need at deeply discounted prices. There are over 6,000 titles currently in The Marketplace including award winners, Spanish and bilingual books and summer fun reading options. Many titles on the First Book Marketplace also include downloadable support resources to encourage family engagement. First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that offers new books at reduced prices to schools and programs serving low-income children. In particular, they developed a book collection that promotes the skills featured in the best-selling book Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs by Ellen Galinsky, which will help families and teachers in fostering Executive Function Life Skills, further supporting school readiness. (

Opportunity    Double your program’s impact and stretch your book budget further for a $1 to $1 match to distribute up to 50,000 books in Bay Area summer literacy programs through The Re(a)d Zone.

For     Bay Area summer reading programs and educators serving children in need indicators (at least 70% of families served by a program are considered low-income).

Sign Up    Programs should sign up to join the First Book Network (  if they have not already done so. Registration with First Book is free and no obligation. First Book will send custom communications to programs registered within the target 12-county region with step-by-step instructions for accessing the matching funds. Eligible programs receive a promotional code that is applied to their order.

Contact    Candace Radoski, Manager of National Engagement,


What    myON – a business unit of Capstone – has created  a personalized literacy environment, which includes an online library containing thousands of enhanced digital books   that can be read online with any web-enabled device, and offline using free mobile apps for iPad, Android, Chrome and Kindle Fire HD. myON personalizes the reading experience for each student with optional supports  that include naturally recorded audio, text and sentence highlighting, and an embedded dictionary. With unlimited, 24/7 access, children and families can read with myON anytime and anywhere. 

Opportunity    myON is providing free access to the world’s largest interactive digital library containing over 5,000 enhanced digital books with multi-media supports, to all Bay Area children and families.  In the Fall of 2015, 20,000 individual licenses to the myON personalized literacy environment -- which includes the interactive digital library along with embedded tools and assessments to support and monitor reading growth -- will be provided through a match to selected districts with to low-income students and/or high poverty schools, targeting struggling and marginally proficient readers.

For    Low-income Bay Area children, preK to 6th grade, will have access to a free shared account during Summer 2015. 

Log In    Visit myON’s web page to read more and access login information for The Re(a)d Zone shared summer account: Share the URL and login credentials with students and their families as well as any programs that would share the message to families.

Contact    Amy Callahan, Account Manager,   

Imagination Library

What    In 1995, Dolly Parton launched Imagination Library to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Imagination Library establishes a relationship with a local nonprofit partner and mails new books home to children at $2.10 per month. 

Opportunity    Up to 2,000 young children will receive new books mailed monthly directly to their homes for one year, building book rich environments (over 20,000 books mailed to Bay Area children in public housing).

For    The Imagination Library is normally available to any partner that wants to support it for children in their community.  However, in special partnership with The Re(a)d Zone initiative, we are supporting this program to make it available to children from one month old to 5 years old living in public housing or receiving housing assistance through a local housing agency.

Sign Up     Interested public housing agencies must sign an MOA with Imagination Library and identify a local 501c3 partner that would offer the use of their return address to leverage the USPS nonprofit mailing rate for sending books home. The housing agency then enrolls children and their families using a brief registration form. New registrants who enroll in June would be part of a July book order, receiving their first Imagination Library book at home in August 2015.

Contact    Jeff Conyers, Executive Director,

What, developed by Age of Learning, Inc. (, is the leading and most comprehensive online curriculum for young learners. Available on computers, tablets, and smartphones, helps children ages 2-7 build a strong foundation for future academic success. The curriculum encompasses reading and language arts, math, science, social studies, health, art, and music. is available on a low-cost subscription basis for use at home, and is free to schools, public libraries, Head Start programs, and community centers—including public housing authorities.

Opportunity    Schools, Head Start programs, community programs, public housing authorities and public library sites have free access to the online early literacy tool, which complements classroom instruction and engages young children ages 2-7 in learning. Staff can provide user support and training as well as communications materials. 

For    Children ages 2-7 registered through schools, public libraries, public housing authorities, community programs and other classroom-based programs.

Sign Up    Programs should sign up for accounts at or will work with interested schools, public libraries and community programs to set up site access (promotional signs to post at the library, link on website, site administrator login). After programs sign up, participating children can access the curriculum by creating an individual profile. For public library use specifically, an individual profile does not need to be created. See attached flyer for more details.

Contact    Alisa Granz, VP of Communications,

Smarty Ants

What    Smarty Ants Reading World is an interactive learning program that uses a combination of research-based pedagogy, authentic literature, non-fiction and science books to teach the necessary foundational skills of reading in a personalized setting. Special versions are available in Spanish or Korean. The program also incorporates authentic literature from Candlewick Press.

Opportunity    Smarty Ants will be made available to children at the reduced price of $5 per user for a summer license, with funding from the 50 Fund for up to 10,000 licenses at this discounted rate. Smarty Ants will also provide training and tech support.

For    Low-income children from pre-K to 2nd grade, registered through libraries, public housing agencies and summer programs.

Sign Up     Contact to enroll your site and begin registering individual children. Each site adds their student roster, with a unique username and password for each student. In settings where children are likely to enroll on a rolling basis (i.e., libraries), the site could request a number of licenses (e.g., 30 licenses to start) and request another block later on. Each student license is transferrable twice, should the student no longer wish to continue using Smarty Ants. Smarty Ants is available online with a web browser or through a mobile app. A site-level account and dashboard is created for each library and summer program site. See attached flyer for more details.

Contact    Parisa Moradi, Vice President,