BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) is a signature children’s literacy program of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation designed to provide an opportunity for performers, gifted in the art of storytelling, to help develop a love of reading in children and give back to their local communities.
Research shows that one of the best predictors of children’s success in learning to read is being read to aloud. BookPALS was founded on the premise that children must be exposed to reading aloud to develop a love of reading.
Every month SAG-AFTRA Foundation BookPALS read to more than 60,000 children in Title I public schools, hospitals, libraries, and social service agencies. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation operates BookPALS branches in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, New England, Florida, and Arizona.
Thanks to a generous donation to the BookPALS program, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has partnered up with the Rise Up Foundation in 2015 for ‘Read to Me,’ a national literacy initiative to encourage everyone to play a part in reading aloud to children. Whether you are a parent or grandparent, sibling or neighbor, educator or friend, everyone to pick up a book and read to a child in their life. Take the Read To Me Challenge and read to a child today!
In addition to BookPALS, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation also serves a worldwide audience through its children’s literacy website Storyline Online.