A Start Reading Now Friendsgiving!


'Tis the season of gathering with friends and loved ones!

And to thank you for your support in helping us double in size each year, we’d love for you to join us at Cooper Pub on Weds, Nov 8 from 5 pm - 8 pm

You can RSVP and find more details under "Events" on our Facebook page

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Thoughts from a Book Fair First-Timer

 2017 Book Fair Volunteers

 2017 Book Fair volunteers at Seward Montessori 


“Happiness is not a feeling these kids get to feel often enough,” said Mr. May as we tried to calm his excited 1st graders after the book fair. As I smiled and nodded and he went back to shhh’ing his class, his words sunk in and weighed on my heart.

Giving out books in Minneapolis’ poorest schools, I saw glimpses of kids who definitely needed more happiness in their lives.  Day after day, I was humbled by the opportunity to provide even just a little bright spot in their day – in the form of 10 new books.

For any of you who have volunteered at our book fairs, you know what I’m talking about. The energy at the books fairs is almost a physical thing – you can feel it in the air and the kids exude positivity as they scan the shelves. 

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Minneapolis nonprofit aims to stop summer skills slide with simple solution: free books

Article originally published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune




On the eve of summer vacation, two Minneapolis management consultants will give away 40,000 new books to Minneapolis first- and second-grade students — no strings attached.

They're convinced that free books can be a simple and inexpensive fix to the thorny problem of kids from poor households losing more reading skills over the summer than their middle-class peers.

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Successful Partnership Continues with MPS

As usual, we are very grateful for our wonderful partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools. Since day one, our local school district has supported Start Reading Now's mission whole-heartedly. 

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KSTP-TV Talks Start Reading Now

On June 1st and 2nd we served 2,000 Minneapolis Public School 1st graders at the 28 schools with at least 50% of kids on free or reduced lunch. 

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Atomic Data Donates $50,000 to Start Reading Now



Atomic Data has vaulted us into the big leagues with a $45,000 donation to our cause, thanks to CEO Jim Wolford and his team! 

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Richard M. Schulze awards $15,000



The Richard M. Schulze Foundation awarded Start Reading Now $15,000, providing a great start to our fundraising for the 2016 program! We plan to serve at least 1,000 kids in Minneapolis in 2016, in grades 1, 2 and 3.


NorthStar Oasis interview with Kevin


An interview with Start Reading Now Co-Founder Kevin Terrell on NorthStar Oasis local access TV, hosted by Jeff Williams. We cover the origins of the program, including how Pam kick-started it all, along with our successes to date and plans for the future. 

Cities 97 donates $16,500 to Start Reading Now


Start Reading Now is excited to have received $16,500 from 97.1 Cities 97, as part of their annual charity fundraiser.

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