Raising A Reader

Partnering with the Arizona Multihousing Association


Southwest Human Development's Raising A Reader Program is proud to partner with the Arizona Multihousing Association to help educate parents and caregivers about the importance of building early literacy skills in young children for later success.

mom-and-son-reading.jpgParents who participate in the Raising A Reader Program attend eight weekly early literacy workshops, and after each session, families take home a bag of books to read and share with their children. Each week, the bag is exchanged for a new set of books and families who complete the program receive five high-quality children’s books to keep.

In many cases, these books are the first things these young children can call their own.

Thanks to our partnership with the Arizona Multihousing Association, Raising A Reader is offered in low-income apartment communities throughout the Valley. The community-based format makes it an ideal venue for not only helping young children succeed, but also building a sense of community among the residents and linking participants to other available resources.

momandtwokidsreading.jpgIndependent evaluations show that parents reported a 471% increase in time spent sharing stories with their children (five or more times a week) and Spanish-speaking families increased library visits with their children by 300%.


Southwest Human Development distributes more than 100,000 children's books each year - and we couldn't do it without your support!

Make an Online Donation
Your generous financial contribution allows us to purchase even more books for Arizona's young children and families!

  • Donate $10, we'll buy four books!
  • Donate $25, we'll buy 10!
  • Donate $50 and we can buy 20!

Donate New or Gently-Used Books
You can support our early literacy programs by donating books or sponsoring a book drive!

Take a look at this list of recommended books.

For questions or to receive more information about Raising A Reader,
please contact Jake Adams at (602) 224-1743 or