About Us

We would like to introduce ourselves. We are a nonprofit group called Appalachian Literacy Initiative. Our program is designed to increase reading among area students by putting quality new books into their hands. Research shows there is a correlation between reading scores and access to books in the home: students that have fewer books in the home are much less likely to read at proficient level.

We are looking for 4th grade classrooms to be a part of our program this upcoming school year year.  We will give each of your students a new book of their choosing from our book list 4 times a year (ideally mid-September, December before Christmas break, late February/ early March and mid-May before summer vacation). We will send you a classroom set of the books on each list to help the students make their selection. Your teachers will tally up the students’ selections and email the order to us. We will then ship the books directly to your school for the teachers to hand out to their classrooms.

In addition to giving students books, we would like to provide teachers in your 4th, 5th and 6th grades with books for small reading circles for their classrooms.

We ask that you provide us with some basic demographic information and test scores before we begin and then each year that your students continue the program.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. If you would like to receive news and updates from us, please email us your address and you will be added to our email list.  

Our email address is appalachianlit@gmail.com.