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About Families Read

Anytime, Any place, Let's Read!

Families Read is a community-based early literacy initiative supporting the mission of Education and Outreach at WYCC PBS Chicago.

The over-arching goal of Families Read is to encourage parent/caregivers and children to read together as a daily practice.

There's always an opportunity to read: in the waiting room at the doctor's office, on a bus or train, in the grocery store, even street and traffic signs. 

Families Read events spark children's imagination and creativity through fun and engaging reading activities that incorporate topics in history, the arts and STEM. 

Reading events include a storyteller/teaching artist who presents entertaining content related to the title presented.

Goals include:

  • Help children increase vocabulary - acquire more words
  • Help children make real-world connections while developing empathy and understanding of others
  • Provide a free book to each child in attendance to foster the importance of book ownership

Post-Families Read events, parent/caregivers receive a list of recommended books, activities and reading strategies to do at home as an extension of the learning experience. 

Families Read events are held throughout Chicagoland, often targeting high-need communities. The program works hand-in-hand with WYCC PBS Chicago partners, museums, community centers, CPS schools and Chicago Public Libraries (CPL).

October 17 - CPL Albany Park Branch

The Families Read Storytelling Series

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Make a Promise* to read to your child(ren) 20 minutes everyday, TODAY!

Print this card as a Promise* reading reminder or visit us at our next Families Read event to receive the full color, magnatized version.   Hang it on your refrigerator, at your desk, or wherever you and your child(ren) enjoy books.

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Families Read 20/365 Promise* is a community-based early literacy initiative supporting the mission of Education and Outreach at WYCC PBS Chicago.

Would you like to attend a Families Read event?

To RSVP, email us at education@wycc.org or call 773-487-1358

Please Include your:

  • First and Last name
  • Your email address
  • Include the number of children attending

*Book are available to children present at events, while supplies last.


Join the Chicago Public Library!

Anytime is the perfect time to get your child their own library card!

With a library card, your child will be able to choose and borrow books, DVDs and take advantage of all the services Chicago Public Libraries have to offer.

Here's a Tip!

Look for books with repetition.  Children feel smart when they can figure out what might happen next.