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Changing Children's Lives With the Gift of Literacy

Changing Children's Lives With the Gift of Literacy

Imagine a young child receiving a book in the mail every month until the age of five. What better way to say reading is important? Children enrolled in the Ferst Program receive a new book every month in the mail until their 5th birthday. There is absolutely no cost (ever) to registered children in participating areas! The program is made possible through the partnership with local, all-volunteer Community Action Teams (CATs).

Funding is provided through private donations, corporate sponsorships and grants. Contact us to help with a local Program or get a new one started in your area so that we may work together to bring the gift of literacy to every child 0-5 years old. Partnering together, we can help prepare every child for success in school and in life.

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  • For Parents

    The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children. Read More >>>
  • Program Overview

    Our Mission: Strengthening communities by providing quality books and literacy resources for children and their families to use at home during the earliest stages of development. Read More >>>
  • Get Involved

    Approximately 61 percent of low-income families do not have a single piece of reading material suitable for a child. Find out how you can help. Read More >>>

Get Involved with Ferst Readers

There are several ways in which you can participate and get involved with Ferst Readers!

Start the Program in Your Community

We are always looking to expand our partnerships and set up a program in new communities. If you'd like more information about starting a program in your area, please contact us at or call toll-free 1-888-565-0177.


If you are interested in volunteering your time and skills, our local Community Action Teams (CATs) are always looking for assistance!

Contact us toll-free at 1-888-565-0177 or email and we can connect you with a local Community Action Team (CAT) in your area. 


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Thank you for visiting Ferst Readers!

Ensuring that children develop early literacy skills is one of the most important things we can do - as parents, as teachers - and as a society.

Won't you help us make a difference?

Adopt a reader today!   Make a Donation!