About Read to Rise

Nashville Public Library’s Read to Rise initiative helps parents and caregivers develop the habit of reading aloud to children from birth.

Read to Rise is simple:

  1. Read to your child for 90 days.
  2. Keep track of the days you read to your child online or with a reading log.
  3. Visit the library and get a prize!
  4. Repeat until your child starts Kindergarten.

Why is it so important to read to your child?

What a child learns from birth through age 5 determines their readiness to read and learn once they get to kindergarten. Adults can help children prepare for school with one simple habit: read aloud to them for twenty minutes a day from the time that they're born.

Reading every day with your child from birth builds foundational skills like vocabulary and language, which lead to speaking, reading, and writing skills. Listening to stories also helps your child learn how to work through challenges and develop the social and emotional skills essential to school success.

How can you find time for reading?

Reading with your child doesn’t just mean a bedtime story, it can be incorporated throughout the day: Read your grocery list aloud, read signs as you drive along, or use the time in line at the bank to read out loud.

“You don't have to be a fancy, trained reader,” said children’s librarian Terri Thomas of Green Hills Branch library. “Your children just need to hear your voice. Reading aloud with your child helps them to associate reading with pleasure... and helps strengthen the bond between parent and child.”