This September marks Children’s Literacy Initiative’s 30 year anniversary.

We're paying tribute to our origins and are hosting a special Back to School Event for all children, teachers, and families!

On September 8, the back to school reading festival will take place at Smith Playground. There will be free back-to-school materials for students, free high-quality books, take-home arts and crafts, games, and more. Three famous children's authors, Angela Dominguez, Tad Hills, and Rosemary Wells will give presentations and perform read alouds for the children. These great authors will also take pictures, and sign books for attendees.

In addition, there will be generous give-a-ways from CLI and our sponsors, the Philadelphia Phillies and Lakeshore.

Join the Celebration!

Free Family Event | September 8th | 10AM - 3PM | Smith Playground
Rosemary Wells, Tad Hills, Angela Dominguez

Special Thanks to our Generous Sponsors!


For 30 years we have transformed and strengthened classrooms across the U.S., and for 30 years we have improved student outcomes by giving teachers high-impact instructional strategies.

Join us as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary and support our efforts for the next 30 years, as we continue to help children read at grade level by third grade. Help us ensure that teachers have the support they need to create powerful readers, writers, and thinkers.

Teacher with student enjoying a book