NOW any child under 5 can be a part of the Ferst literacy program!
FERST READERS will receive up to 60 books!
Through the Ferst Readers program, children outside of our participating areas - anywhere in the US, in fact - can be a part of this exceptional literacy program with an impressive track record.
Grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, friends can give a truly meaningful gift to that special child! Imagine your gift arriving by mail, addressed to the child, every month - up to 5 years! And beyond that, it lays the foundation for a lifelong love of books and reading.
This is one gift a child will never outgrow!
How Does It Work?
Enrollment is open to children under the age five. Every month your designated child will receive a new, age appropriate book and newsletter with tailored reading guides and activity pages, all specially designed to make reading fun for the whole family! Children may receive up to 60 books depending on their age when they enter the program. Reading specialists, children's librarians, educators and child development specialists carefully select this 60-volume set of books. Many are childhood classics we all know and love. (Click here for a look at our award-winning books.)
Shortly after enrollment, we will send a customized welcome book with an acknowledgement card in your name. We will also include our parent DVD "How to Read to Your Child". About six weeks later, age appropriate books will begin to arrive monthly. Upon completion of the program, the child will receive a special graduation book.
How Much Does It Cost?
During the registration process, you may either pay the amount in full, or choose to pay annually at $40* per year. If you choose to pay every year, we will send a renewal reminder in advance to avoid interruption in the program. Books are age-specific, so please provide the child’s correct age.
Based on child’s age at time of registration:
- Age 4: $40 = 1 full year/12 books
- Age 3: $80 = 2 full years/24 books
- Age 2: $120 = 3 full years/36 books
- Age 1: $160 = 4 full years/48 books
- Under age 1: $200 = 5 full years/60 books
*$36 program cost plus postage and handling.
A Little Giving Goes a Long Way - Adopt A Reader!
In addition to your participation in the Read Ferst program, we encourage you to sponsor a child in our Adopt-a-Reader Program. Your tax deductible contribution will help us continue to make a difference in the lives of children and their families.