Only 40% of Knox County students are reading on grade level by the third grade. We can change that.
Parents are a child’s first and most important teacher.
Playing with children helps them understand the world around them.
Reading with children is soothing and creates emotional bonds that last a lifetime.
Who We Are
Led by Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs, READ CITY USA is a collaborative initiative of Knox County Government, Knox County Public Library, Knox County Schools, The Great Schools Partnership, and other community organizations to help all children, regardless of their socio-economic background, learn to read early and well, thereby reaching their full potential in school and in life.
Engage and empower our community of parents, educators, caregivers and institutions to ensure that all children develop a love of reading and learning.
Get A Library Card
For many kids, a library card is the first card in their wallet with their name on it.
A baby’s brain is more active in the first few months of life than at any other time.
It’s All About The Third Grade
From the day a child enters Kindergarten until the third grade, classroom focus is on learning to read. While every student’s reading should continue to improve after the 3rd grade, the instructional focus turns to reading to learn. If reading skills have not been acquired by then, subject level learning becomes very difficult. In fact, the future for children who don’t read on grade level is much bleaker.
In Knox County, only 40% of children are reading on grade level. We must come together as a community to increase our literacy rate. It will take all of us.
Preparing For Kindergarten
Did you know that a child entering kindergarten is expected to be able to recognize letters, numbers, colors and shapes? They should be able to tell stories, draw and write a little bit. Parents and caregivers are a child’s first and most important teachers. They have more influence on a child’s life than anyone. It’s important that they learn developmental milestones to help their children.
What If My Child Is A Struggling Reader?
Nearly every child can learn to read, but some children may need different learning strategies. Estimates from the National Institutes of Health identify one in five readers as struggling; but there’s hope. Parents and caregivers need to recognize the signs when a child is having difficulties. Reading Rockets from the Library of Congress provides tools, tips and resources to identify and help struggling readers
Tumblebooks at the Knox County Public Library is helpful and fun. These animated picture books and read-along chapter books in both English and Spanish are an excellent and engaging tool for readers of all skill levels.