• name that book The Name That Book contestcoordinated by the HISD Department of Library Services, serves to acquaint HISD students with classic literature as well as contemporary award-winning books, representing a variety of genres. The district-wide competition is held in the spring. 

  •  RHR    Read Houston Read is a literacy-based program in which volunteers donate an hour of their time each week to assist students in becoming confident readers. Conducting one-on-one 30-minute sessions, which include reading a story, sharing a hands-on activity, and listening to the student read, volunteers have the opportunity to mentor two 1st grade students. For more information and to register as a volunteer, visit Read Houston Read.

  • hrealmenread Houston Real Men Read is a mentoring program in which gentlemen from across the greater Houston area volunteer an hour of their time once a month to read to a class of 3rd grade HISD students. The program reinforces three fundamental principles: reading is fun, the community cares and a commitment to education can ensure success. 

  • reading roundup Through generous support from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™, HISD has saddled up with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and 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. Learn more about Reading Roundup here.

  • myon icon Learning and reading continues year round in Houston. HISD’s Literacy By 3 commitment includes variety of reading programs to promote authentic reading. myON, an online literacy platform, is a great resource both in school and at home. Houston ISD and myON are partnering to give students unlimited access to over 5,000 enhanced digital books that can be read anytime, anywhere, via the Internet or offline through mobile devices. Enrolling students in myON is easy. Follow the directions here to get your students up and running with myON. For information on the Read-to-Succeed contest, click here.

  • thankyouomu Jumpstart’s premiere national campaign, Read for the Record presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, is one time of the year when millions of individuals come together to celebrate literacy and support Jumpstart in its efforts to promote early childhood education. On November 7th, people across the country will read the children’s book Thank You, Omu by Oge Mora in support of Jumpstart’s mission to work towards the day that every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.