45 Bristol Street, New Haven, CT 06511 information@newhavenreads.org 203-752-1923


NHR student happily displays books he received in a giveaway.

Our Mission

New Haven Reads, founded to “share the joy and power of reading,” increases the literacy skills of children to empower their academic success by providing individually tailored one-on-one after-school tutoring, educational family support, and a community book bank, all at no cost to participants.

Our Vision

Working in partnership with families and the community, New Haven Reads envisions a Greater New Haven in which every child has the opportunity to master reading and increase the odds of becoming a successful adult. Our volunteer-based one-on-one tutoring programs, our Book Bank, and our family support initiatives will serve as a national model for other communities.

Our Impact

Since New Haven Reads was founded in 2001, we have supported more than 3,500 students and distributed over 2.2 million books back into the community, thanks to the help of over 2,900 volunteers.

Today, the one-on-one tutoring program serves over 283 children online every week at four New Haven locations, our Book Bank distributed approximately 102,000 free books this past year, and our Pre-K/Kindergarten online program serves 7 children every week. With our dedicated, professional staff and the commitment of over 225 volunteers, our free literacy programs support families in need and create skilled and confident readers.

New Haven Reads transforms the lives of children, their families, and the communities they live in due to the incredible power of literacy.

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Our Story

New Haven Reads began in 2001 when our founder, Christine Alexander, ran a yearlong citywide literacy initiative at the request of New Haven’s mayor. Click through the slideshow below to learn about our growth and some of our milestones throughout the years!

  • Three children read at New Haven Free Public Library Stetson branch
    2001: When asked to run the New Haven Reads initiative, Chris took the ball and ran with it.