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Engaging and Inspiring Young Minds through Read Alouds


Through generous support from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™, we saddled up with Region 4 Education Service Center to kick off a new volunteer-driven reading program, called Reading Roundup. Reading Roundup aims to inspire young minds and improve their literacy skills through read alouds using books and lesson guides selected and designed specifically for the program.

Reading Roundup Mentors will make a meaningful difference in the life of a classroom of children by reading aloud and engaging kids in the stories they share.

Reading aloud has many benefits, such as:

  • motivates children to read on their own

  • expands vocabulary

  • promotes critical thinking

  • provides a model for fluent, expressive reading

  • fosters a sense of community in the classroom

Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation

Reading Roundup Mentor Expectations

  • Mentors commit to reading to the same classroom 2-3 times each month for the entire school year.

  • Mentors use Reading Roundup books and “Lesson Guides” to ensure program integrity.

Read alouds will last 30-45 minutes depending on the length of the book, and will take place with the teacher present in the classroom.

Saddle Up and Volunteer!

Reading aloud is often the missing piece in creating a life-long reader. You are perfectly suited to fill this space.

Email to become a Reading Roundup Mentor.

Reading Roundup Partners

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