Children's Reading Foundation of

South Sound

Children's Reading Foundation of

South Sound

In an effort to increase the number of children entering school prepared to learn, read and succeed, the South Sound Reading Foundation exists to ensure that every child is read with 20 minutes a day starting at birth. Reading just 20 minutes a day promotes healthy brain development, family bonding and success in school.

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News and Events

Celebrate Literacy the South Sound way at Books by the Bay

POSTED: May 31st 2014
Friday, August 8th the South Sound Reading Foundation will host its annual Books by the Bay, A Seaside Celebration, at the Port Plaza! This event features award winning authors and illustrators, live music, festive food and fun, all benefiting the Reading Foundation’s free literacy programming.  

Authors and illustrators include: Barbara Hicks, Author of Frozen!

Also, a fabulous literacy silent auction including over 40 fantastic items like original artwork, signed books, tickets to museums, zoos, and other family friendly activities, fantastic books baskets, and so much more.  


When:  Friday, August 8th, 6:00

Where: Port of Olympia Plaza

Tickets:  $35 (Includes dinner, a free signature cocktail and an evening of fun)


For more information and to order tickets, 360-867-8805, or

Readers are Leaders 2014

POSTED: March 5th 2014

Join the South Sound Reading Foundation, Award Winning Political Reporter, Austin Jenkins and Master of Ceremonies Olympian Publisher George Le Masurier at the READERS ARE LEADERS breakfast and support literacy and reading in the South Sound.


One hundred plus regional leaders committed to literacy, learning and our community will attend. 


When:  Thursday, April 17th, 7:00-9:00 a.m.

Where:  The View Point at West Bay Marina directly beneath TugBoat Annie’s  (2100 West Bay Dr NW, Olympia, WA 98502)


Also featuring:  The Shirlee Lehnis Literacy Champion Award for Youth and The Lois Asay Literacy Champion Award for Adults.  These awards go to the youth and adult in our community who have done something extraordinary to promote literacy. 


We hope you will join us and promote literacy and school readiness.  If you can’t make it we always accept donations.   All funds help us provide our important literacy programming.

To sponsor please e-mail Jennifer at, 360 412 4499.

To register to visit, or contact Jennifer at, 360 412 4499.

Boston Harbor Elementary Hosts Book Fair

POSTED: March 25th 2014

Meet Curious George at Barnes and Noble. Boston Harbor Elementary’s Service Club is hosting a Book Fair at Barnes and Noble on Saturday, April 5th, from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Enjoy The Pigeon Needs a Bath Story Time with Pigeon, and shop for Mother's Day, Father's Day, and, or graduation gifts.

Boston Harbor Service Club students are participating in the book fair to benefit the South Sound Reading Foundation because “we want to increase the number of children who enter school prepared to learn, read and succeed.”

If you can’t attend, shop any time between 4/5 through 4/12 with this identification number: ID Number 11329620, and Barnes & Noble will donate 15% - 20% to Boston Harbor Service Club to award to the South Sound Reading Foundation to further their work in developing literacy in families and children.


Nominate a Literacy Champion

POSTED: March 8th 2014

The South Sound Reading Foundation is requesting nominations for our Literacy Champion Award.  We have two categories:  The Shirlee Lehnis Youth Literacy Champion and the Lois Asay Adult Literacy Champion.   The award will go to the individual in both categories who has done something exceptional to promote literacy.

If you would like to nominate an individual, please submit a paragraph detailing the nominees’ activities and why you feel he or she should receive the award.

Awards will be presented at the Reading Foundation’s READERS ARE LEADERS breakfast on Thursday, April 17th.

Nominations must be submitted to the South Sound Reading Foundation by Tuesday, April 1st, at 5:00 pm.  Please forward questions and nominations to: Thank you.

Read our 2012-13 Annual Report

POSTED: December 2nd 2013
Click the link underneath More News to view our Annual Report.