Hooray! For Reading

Reading with children is important. Luckily, words are everywhere – at home, on the bus, at the store, or on a walk. Look around – how many words do you see?

90% of a child’s brain is developed in the first five years of life!

Make reading a part of your daily routine to build brain power!

It’s never too early to read with your children.

About HOORAY! For Reading

Life is busy and at times can be hard to find a time dedicated to reading. HOORAY! For Reading wants you to know you can read, teach, and learn anywhere you are – the signs on the streets can be read, the colors around us can be observed, and anything can be counted. Reading with children also helps you bond and build a relationship with them. A strong relationship helps children feel loved, safe and secure, building their confidence and resilience.

Sharing words with your kids for just a few minutes every day will make a lifelong impact.

re·sil·ience: the ability to recover quickly from difficulties

Children who develop resilience have at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive parent, caregiver, or other adult. Reading helps build these relationships.

Talk. Read. Sing. Pledge

Take the Talk. Read. Sing. Pledge to give your child the tools they need to thrive. The goal is for children to hear 30,000 words every day starting the day they are born.

I pledge to talk, read, or sing to my child every day!


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37% of children start kindergarten without the skills needed for lifelong learning

Reading, literacy, and resilience skills have immediate and long-lasting health benefits such as increased cognitive function, memory, vocabulary, empathy, and decreased levels of stress.

Download Free Books

Download Free Books

Download these free books to start your reading journey!

Parent Toolkit

You are your child’s first teacher. Use these resources to prepare them for a lifetime of success.

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HOORAY! For Reading is funded by the County of San Diego and supported by First 5 San Diego, Health & Human Services Agency, Live Well San Diego, and Public Health Services to emphasize the importance of reading with children 0-5, promote the opportunities to teach and read everywhere, and advocate for parent/caregiver and child bonding and child resilience.

First 5 San Diego
County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency & Live Well San Diego