I love to read

The Book Bank

The PHILADELPHIA READS Book Bank is a resource for educators who serve our city’s children and youth within daycare, preschool, public, private, charter, parochial, religious, and after-school classrooms. Educators are able to get up to 350 books per school year, as well as supplemental classroom supplies. In addition, we provide classroom visitations for local schools, service project opportunities for companies, organizations, and schools, as well vocational training for high school and college students, while exposing them to the importance of literacy and the power of “giving back.”

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Reading is Love

Reading is Love is a multimedia project of PHILADELPHIA READS. PHILADELPHIA READS is an initiative of the Mayor’s Office on Education in collaboration with The Free Library of Philadelphia and The School District of Philadelphia. PHILADELPHIA READS is a non-profit organization with the mission to “raise a city of readers” through quality programming that provides our city’s children and youth with the necessary skills to read on grade level by the end of their third grade year. To learn more about PHILADELPHIA READS programs and leadership, please click here. Independent reviews can be found at and


Summer READS

Summer READS is a quality 6-week integrative literacy program that infuses Reading, Enrichment, the Arts, Development, and STEM-2 (READS) into its daily programmatic delivery through its curriculum, community collaboration, parental engagement, and overall dynamically engaging and empowering environment. Students are placed in small classroom settings with certified and trained teachers with the goal to sharpen their literacy skills in preparation for the upcoming school year, thereby reversing the effects of the “summer slide.”

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The Philadelphia Reading Olympics is a city-wide collaborative reading competition coordinated by PHILADELPHIA READS, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the School District of Philadelphia, the Archdiocese, and the City of Philadelphia.

The Reading Olympics engages fourth through eighth graders from Philadelphia’s public, parochial, charter, independent and after school programs in a reading competition. Teams of up to 12 students collectively read the books on the Philadelphia Reading Olympics book list and practice working together as a team to answer questions about those books.