TRC has greatly improved and increased my daughter's reading.  Her level of reading has increased since going to the Read-Aloud program. 

Parent at Sullivan House

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I like it when the adults read to us -- it's fun!

TRC's Read-Aloud program provides high-quality, relevant and engaging out-of-school activities for kids living in shelters and transitional and affordable housing. Its foundation is the enjoyment kids and volunteers can have reading books aloud. That books can be fun may be a surprise to a kid who has never been read to outside of school and has no books of his own.  So TRC trains volunteers and sends them to read with kids in shelters, transitional housing and affordable housing sites -- situations where parents are likely to be too stressed to read for the fun of it. 

In the Read-Aloud program, the volunteers and kids read great books, selected to support a theme such as onomatopoeia, or superheroes or cats and dogs.  Kids and adults share conversations and work on an activity related to the books' theme.  And every week, the kids pick a new book for their own. 

Because when kids like books and reading, they'll want more.  And the more they read, the better the chances for a better future. 


In March 2017, The Reading Connection willl open a new Read-Aloud program site in Annandale, Va. Our partner is FACETS at the Wedgewood Apartments. Funding to open the site was provided by the Giving Circle of Hope

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


Make a wish come true!


Children participating in the Read-Aloud program choose a new book to keep for their own each week. Almost all of the 4,553 books distributed in this way last year were books donated by the community. To donate books TRC's kids currently need, view our easy-to-find, always needed titles on TRC's Wish List or specially requested and currently needed titles on our Amazon Wish List

You can help us answer a child's book wish! 

TRC Volunteer Blog


Stay up-to-date with the happenings at Read-Aloud sites and find tips and suggestions about reading with kids on the TRC Read to Kids Blog.