• Why I became a Corpotate Sponsor...

    The Reading Connection is a terrific organization. The backpack drive demonstrates just one way in which TRC takes its partnerships to the next level.  In whatever they do, it is always the kids that come first.

    —Tim Keating, Senior Vice President, Boeing

  • Why I became a Corpotate Sponsor...

    We have been supporting the excellent work of The Reading Connection for over 20 years. At Pi Beta Phi, we believe in the power of reading!

    —Northern Virginia Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi

  • Why I became a Corpotate Sponsor...

    I donated to you all because reading is the cornerstone to learning and I want to help ensure that more kids have the opportunity to learn and enjoy.  My fund, The RunningBrooke Fund, operates through ACT for Alexandria.

    —Brooke Curran, The RunningBrooke Fund

  • Why I became a Corpotate Sponsor...

    We are both happy to help The Reading Connection as part of our wedding celebration. Picking out books for you all was the more fun than picking out dresses or shoes! 

    —Juliana Pearson

  • Why I became a Corpotate Sponsor...

    We are glad to provide matching funds to inspire TRC’s Volunteer Outreach Committee to reach its $10,000 goal.  It is an example of TRC’s ingenuity in building volunteer capacity and donor support.

    —The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

  • Why I became a Corpotate Sponsor...

    NextGenNow is proud to select We Are Readers, TRC's summer reading program for at-risk kids, to receive our inaugural grant.

    —Kevin Shooshan and Susan Anderson, Co-chairs, NextGenNow

  • Why I became a Corpotate Sponsor...

    The Reading Connection has been selected to receive United Way of the National Capital Area Community Impact Grants as a high-performing nonprofit with programs and services that align with our strategic priority areas. We are proud to sponsor TRC programs in Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax/Falls Church with Community Impact Grants. 

    —United Way of the National Capital Area

  • Why I became a Corpotate Sponsor...

    In 2005 and again in 2009, The Reading Connection was one of our featured charities, chosen after financial and program review by independent community reviewers.  TRC is truly "one of the best" small charities in the area. 

    —The Catalogue for Philanthropy--Washington DC

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TRC executive director job posting

Applications are now being accepted for the position of executive director at The Reading Connection. Job description and application here.  

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TRC on the airwaves

Hear Kim Oates, TRC volunteer, and Judy Hijikata, TRC communications director, on what it's like to be a Read-Aloud volunteer. This interview was aired on "Grace in 30", a program on WERA 96.7 FM, Arlington's new public radio station.  

Watch Courtney Kissell, TRC executive director, on "Tonight's Working Woman" segment with Alison Starling of WJLA7 TV.  

TRC's Top 12 Read-Aloud Books


What makes a great Read-Aloud book?  Large, colorful illustrations, memorable characters, a satisfying story, writing that begs to be heard, that's meant to be whispered, bellowed, sung, rhymed, repeated.  Here are some tried and true picture books that kids will love!

 1. Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema

 2. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

 3. The Neighborhood Mother Goose, illustrated by Nina Crews

 4. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

 5. Cuckoo/Cucu by Lois Ehlert

 6. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox

 7. The Snowy Day by Ezra jack Keats

 8. This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

 9. The Little Red Hen by Jerry Pinkney

10. Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka

11. Hello Ocean/Hola Mar by Pam Munoz Ryan

12. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak