Reading Opens the World

Reading is a foundational skill necessary for virtually everything we do. It opens possibilities for all children to succeed—to learn and grow, to explore and imagine, to investigate and verify, and to lead fulfilling lives. Reading well instills confidence and helps reduce inequities. The disruptions due to the pandemic make focusing on literacy even more important, to assist our students not just to catch up but to thrive.

We have had more than 70 events at schools, community centers, faith-based organizations and union halls, with many more planned to continue to spread the joy of reading all summer long.

306,080 books distributed
of our 1,000,000 book goal
Puerto Rico

AMPR (Ola de libros)
6000 books

The American Federation of Teachers' Reading Opens the World initiative focuses on:

  • Giving teachers and school staff the tools and professional development that translate the science of reading into usable resources to help students read and read well.
  • Giving parents and caregivers fun and research-based tips and tools to support literacy.
  • Building on and forging new connections among families, communities, educators and schools to be partners in students’ literacy.
  • Giving children and young people free books to read, love and keep, because …

Reading Opens the World!

AFT leaders: Be a part of Reading Opens the World!

We invite local and state AFT affiliate leaders to submit your Reading Opens the World requests.

Fill out this form to let us know how you want to participate, and help spread the love of reading to all students 


Reading Opens the World: A Community for Literacy

Join this community on Share My Lesson and access discussions, resources, and more.

Reading Opens the World Playlist

Instructional Resources

The AFT has compiled a list of resources, keys to success, learning tips, and more.

Visit this list of helpful resources.