Dirigo Reads

Together, we can put a book in the hands of every Maine first grader each month during the school year by 2025.

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About Us

We believe that every child should have the opportunity for a successful future. Studies have shown that strong literacy skills have a direct correlation to a person’s self-worth, health, and the ability to achieve a fulfilling career.

By providing children access to one new book a month during the school year, we open doors to a brighter future.

And that’s our goal. Opening doors to a brighter future by providing a new book to every first grader in Maine, for every month of the school year, by 2025.

The most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children is to increase their access to print.

Newman, Sanford, et all. American’s Child Care Crisis: A Crime Prevention Tragedy; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, 2000.
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