How to Raise a Reader

Packed with research insights and practical tools, Reading for Our Lives will show you how to nurture literacy from day one and tilt your child’s learning trajectory sky high.


Meet Maya

Author. Book lover. Literacy advocate. Maya shows parents what it takes to raise fluent readers and connects people of all ages to great books and authors.

Are you raising a reader?

Take our quiz to see where you stand and get some ideas for bolstering your family’s book love.

Maya Payne Smart offers a living example of how to make books and stories a joyful part of children’s lives as well as a vehicle to lift communities.

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Meg Medina, Newbery Medal-winning author of Merci Suarez Changes Gears