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The Oklahoma Literacy Resource Office

Dept. of Libraries

200 NE 18th St
Oklahoma City,

(405) 522-3205
(405) 525-7804—FAX

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Ready to Learn is an early literacy initiative of the Oklahoma Literacy Resource Office in partnership with the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA). The effort celebrates literacy, promotes family reading, and provides early literacy training and information to parents and child care providers.

The Ready to Learn initiative has three primary focuses:

  • Distribute books to preschool children at risk for low literacy
  • Provide parents with activities and story extension ideas
  • Coordinate the annual Read Across Oklahoma reading celebration
photograph of boys with books
Miss Stewart's Class-Hupfield Academy at Western Village

Book Distribution

Each month the Oklahoma Literacy Resource Office distributes more than 1,400 books to preschool children throughout the state. Schools selected for this opportunity serve children at risk for low literacy. The goal of this Ready to Learn focus is to place books into the hands of children who may never have owned a book of their own and to help children build home libraries. Books are provided thanks to a number of sponsors including the Krueger Charitable Foundation, Target, local Rotary Clubs, and Delta Theta Chi sorority.

Reading Activities for Parents

Along with the monthly book distributions, children receive activity sheets to take home. These Ready to Learn Fun Stuff activity sheets provide parents and children with games, songs, coloring pages, and even recipes that enhance the specific books given away. Parents are encouraged to make reading at home a fun priority.

Read Across Oklahoma

Read Across Oklahoma is a special reading event directed at young children, and held each year to celebrate literacy and encourage reading.

Read Across Oklahoma is part of the statewide Ready to Learn initiative coordinated by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and Oklahoma Educational Television Authority.

The 2014 event is April 8 from 9AM1PM
at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

Get the 2014 Read Across Oklahoma flyer

Attend the following free events with paid zoo admission:

  • Free books to the first 1,000 children
  • Special Guest Readers at the Children’s Zoo
  • Temporary tattoos at literacy stations
  • Mascots from PBS television programs Super Why!, Wordgirl, and Curious George, with Target’s Bullseye
  • Special performances by Oklahomans
    Tammi Sauer, author of Mr. Duck Means Business and
    Brendan Parker
    , children’s songwriter and performer
    —plus other fun activities throughout the zoo.

Read Across Oklahoma 2014 Sponsors are:
Capitol Hill High School FCCLA
Capitol Hill High School ROTC
Metro Technology Centers
Krueger Charitable Foundation
Oklahoma City Zoo and Zoological Society
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In 2013, more than 1,500 Ready to Learn preschool children along with 1,000 children from the general public attended the event and 250 volunteers from Capitol Hill High School, Metro Tech, and Target helped coordinate activities. Children were thrilled that the celebration took place at the Oklahoma City Zoo, where they had the chance to see the animals, meet a local author, participate in fun activities, eat lunch, and take home a new book. The event was made possible thanks to sponsorship from Target and support from the Krueger Charitable Foundation, Oklahoma City Zoo and Zoological Society, and local Rotary Clubs.

For information and reading activities visit:
PBS Kids
Tips for Reading with Children (also available en Español)
Ready to Learn Fun Stuff Activity Sheets