Promoting Literacy, Creating Potential™

South Sound Children's Reading Foundation History

The South Sound Reading Foundation began in response to the needs revealed by the national Children’s Reading Foundation. They had done extensive research about early childhood reading, comparing successful elementary reading to high school graduation rates. They came up with a goal that 90% of all students would be reading at grade level by third grade.


The National Children’s Reading Foundation encouraged local areas to adopt their own reading foundation to promote this goal. Thurston County and Mason County community members believed in the value of this work and wanted to see students in our area succeed. In 2001, we launched the South Sound Reading Foundation.


Since then, the South Sound Reading Foundation has established relationships with hundreds of agencies, corporate service partners and other organizations to bring books and literacy information to people who need it in Thurston and Mason counties and beyond. Our book van travels all over spreading the wonder and promise of reading with engaging story times, parent talks, and free books.

Check out the services we've implemented to help achieve our mission.