reading

Every child deserves success, so we support the following programs that help them become better readers.

how we support schools

book donations

a team member gives a kid a new book

By the end of 2012, we'd donated a cumulative total of 2.3 million books to kids through our Target School Library Makeover program and Target Books for Schools Awards. Each school that received a School Library Makeover got 2,000 new books for its library, plus seven more for each student to take home. In partnership with First Booklink opens in a new window, we’ve donated thousands more through the Target Books for Schools Awards and achieved our goal to increase book donations.

Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

The Campaign for Grade-level Reading logo

In 2012, Target became a major sponsor of this collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit and corporate partners, states and communities across the nation. Campaign for Grade-Level Reading works to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career and active citizenship. Their goal: By 2020, a dozen states or more will increase by at least 100 percent the number of children from low-income families reading proficiently at the end of third grade.

literacy pilots

a student reading in the library

In 2011, we launched the Path to Reading Excellence in School Siteslink opens in a new window (PRESS), a literacy pilot at six schools in Minneapolis. In 2012, we launched two more pilots at 12 of our School Library Makeover alumni schools in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. in partnership with L.A. Unified School District link opens in a new windowand D.C. Public Schoolslink opens in a new window. Our work with pilot partners and the evaluation organization American Institutes for Research link opens in a new windowwill help us reach our reading-proficiency goal in 2013.