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SMART Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Oregon Reads Aloud

Click here to purchase Oregon Reads Aloud or to find a copy at a store near you! 


During the 2016-17 school year, SMART celebrated 25 years of providing reading support and books to Oregon children. That’s a milestone worth celebrating!

At the outset of the 25th anniversary year, SMART had connected more than 118,000 community volunteers with over 188,000 students across Oregon for one-on-one reading support, and given children 2.4 million books to take home and keep.

Cover ArtworkOregon Reads Aloud was SMART’s statewide campaign celebrating the importance of getting kids excited and motivated about reading. It was themed after the title of our very own children’s book, a tribute to our life’s work empowering Oregon children to read and succeed.

The book is a compilation of 25 read-aloud stories written and illustrated by Oregon authors and illustrators. Both the campaign and book aim to bring attention to the importance of reading engagement and motivation in a child’s literacy development, and to SMART’s work inspiring lifelong readers and learners.

Oregon Reads Aloud is available in many local bookstores, as well as on Amazon. Click here to purchase a copy of Oregon Reads Aloud.

You can download the activity guide for Oregon Reads Aloud here.


Special Thanks to Our Oregon Reads Aloud Sponsors:

Arlene Schnitzer, NW Natural, Powell’s Books, Regence, The Oregon Community Foundation, The Standard, and Wieden+Kennedy have provided the funding to make this project possible. Thank you for your commitment to empowering kids for reading and learning success.