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Los Angeles, CA 90036

In 2008, only 38% of Los Angeles fifth-graders scored high enough on California’s English language arts tests to qualify as ready to enter sixth grade.

The Wonder of Reading seeks to change that dismal statistic. Over 130,000 elementary-age youngsters throughout Greater Los Angeles attend our 206 partner schools. Each school has a beautifully renovated library, restocked with $10,000 of new books. More than 5,000 volunteers have been trained as literacy mentors for struggling students at these schools.

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Since 1994, we’ve been building relationships.

Since its founding, The Wonder of Reading has become one of the largest children’s literacy organizations in Los Angeles. We are a trusted partner, able to work inside the public school district while maintaining the outside autonomy to innovate. The Wonder of Reading’s relationships are broad and deep, bringing together leaders from the academic community on district and state levels, professionals in elementary school education and administration, experts in child literacy and advocacy, and thousands of committed community volunteers. With an approach that is truly unique, innovative, and comprehensive, The Wonder of Reading brings key leadership to children’s literacy efforts.

Since 1994, The Wonder of Reading has:
• Renovated 206 Libraries
• Trained more than 5,000 Literacy Mentors
• Served more than 130,000 Children

“The kids light up … they appreciate the library — they’re invested in it. The librarian can show them a new genre of reading that they’ve never been introduced to. It’s a complete blessing.”

Barbara Rose Alstadt, Teacher, Bradoaks Middle School in Monrovia

in our 2008 Annual Report, which was generously created pro-bono by the Taproot Foundation.
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