Read to Me International, Winner of the 2009 Innovations in Reading Prize

Read To Me International Foundation is a Hawaii-based non-profit organization devoted to promoting children’s literacy. With the simple mission of spreading the love and joy of reading aloud, its goal is to have every child read to for at least 10 minutes every day. The Fathers Bridging the Miles program operates in the Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona.

“It is amazing to see the relationships between fathers and their children bloom over books and reading. The children enjoy getting the books in the mail and love listening to their fathers’ voices. We know our program is having an impact when we meet former program participants after being paroled and they are still reading to their children!” according to Pat Mizuno, Program Director.

Lynne Waihee, President of Read To Me International added that “We’ve always known that magic occurs when you put a child, a book and a parent together. It’s nice to know that through our program, children who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity can share that magic with their fathers.”