United Through Reading

Nonprofit United Through Reading offers U.S. service members who are away from their families because of deployment, training, or active duty the opportunity to be video-recorded reading storybooks to their children at home, easing the stress of separation, maintaining positive emotional connections, encouraging early childhood literacy and cultivating a love of reading. Learn more at www.unitedthroughreading.org or find them on Facebook at Facebook.com/UnitedThroughReading.

There are certain organizations that really hit home when you learn about them. This past October we were able to meet with the creators of United Through Reading at the AUSA annual conference.

This is an excerpt from their website:

Imagine a service member – perhaps a Sailor, a Soldier, or a Marine. He’s far from home and misses his family. He stops by the United Through Reading recording area near his duty station, chooses a storybook to read to his son, sits in front of the video camera and reads with silly voices that he knows will make his son laugh. Now picture that little boy a few days later at home, transfixed and comforted as his dad reads a bedtime story just as if he were there beside him.

Through these simple stories on video, children see their parent’s face, hear their voice and follow along with the book. Children watch the videos day after day until they have memorized every word, every gesture, every happy ending. And as in many storybooks, magical things happen:

  • Children’s anxieties fade
  • Service members become part of daily life at home
  • Spouses are supported because parenting is shared
  • Homecomings begin with children welcoming a familiar parent, not a stranger
  • Children learn to love books and reading

I realized it was because of our military men and woman that I get to read to my own children every night, then it hit me, the sacrifice they make for our safety and security is more than just their own lives, but the lives of their children as well. This is one way we can keep our military families engaged and connected with each other, I believe United Through Reading provides an exceptional program for our military families.


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Then go to www.unitedthroughreading.com see how you can support their mission!