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A Delicious Luncheon

Thank you to our A Taste for Reading benefit luncheon sponsors, guests, table captains, speakers, and dedicated volunteers for making our sixteenth annual event a HUGE success! We are pleased to announce that we exceeded our fundraising goal to raise $250,000! Generous donations from the event will help give 23,000 kids in need home libraries full of new books that they can read again and again. Thank you!

16th Annual A Taste for Reading Luncheon

Page Ahead invites you to our 16th annual A Taste for Reading benefit luncheon. Please join us for an inspiring program celebrating books, children and reading at The Westin Seattle. Check-in opens at 11:30AM, benefit concludes at 1:00PM.

Presented by:

Sponsors: The Boeing Company, Ernst & Young and Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes

Holiday Book Drives

During this giving season we are delighted our friends at The Elliot Bay Book Company and Barnes & Noble have chosen to put new books in the hands of kids who need them. Select locations will be collecting new books for Page Ahead. Stop by to complete your holiday shopping and support their efforts to give kids in need the chance to read!

Elliot Bay Book Company, November 24th - January 1st, Seattle
Barnes & Noble, November 2nd - December 24th, at Pavilions Centre Federal Way
Barnes & Noble, November 1st - January 1st, 2019, at  Pacific Place Seattle

Fall is Workplace Giving Time

Did you know you can support kids and reading through a payroll deduction? Workplace campaigns allow you to designate Page Ahead as your charity of choice. Below are some of the public campaigns we participate in.

Many businesses also offer opportunities for payroll deductions and matching gifts. Check with your HR department for more information!

How to Help
A. Choose Page Ahead on your giving form!
B. Invite Page Ahead to speak at a campaign kickoff or team meeting
C. Hold a workplace fundraiser or drive. Need ideas? Click here! 

Boeing’s Liftoff for Learning Drive

Boeing employees are helping kids in our community get off to a great start at school.  The Liftoff for Learning drive runs August 1st – 31st and is open to all Boeing employees.  Funds raised for Page Ahead will be used to give new books to kids in need.  Kids who have books at home read more – and that improves reading skill.  But for many kids from low-income families, books are a luxury.  Thanks to Boeing employees and Liftoff for Learning, those kids won’t be left behind.  Instead, they’ll get to choose and enjoy great new books – and develop their reading superpowers! 

A gift of $100 will give a home library to two kids in need.  Add Boeing’s gift match and now FOUR kids will benefit from a home library.  That’s a real Liftoff for Learning!

Thank you Boeing employees!!

Boeing employees read to the children at Hawthorne Elementary school each September and June.

PACCAR & Mariners Host Book Drive Aug 21st!

Join PACCAR and Mariners Care by bringing NEW children’s books or cash donations to the Tuesday, August 21st game against the reigning World Champion Houston Astros. Volunteers will be collecting funds and new books at the gates prior to the game. In addition, we will be hosting a book fair inside the stadium. Please stop by section 128 to say “Hi” and/or buy books to donate. Don’t miss the special PACCAR/Mariners-themed truck on the plaza at the south end of the stadium, next to the stadium parking garage.

All donations will benefit Page Ahead and give kids in need the chance to read. Go Mariners!

Dream Come True!

Thanks to our A Taste for Reading benefit luncheon sponsors, guests, Table Captains and dedicated volunteers for making our 15th annual event a HUGE success! We are pleased to announce that we reached our fundraising goal of $250,000!!! Generous donations from the event will help give 23,000 kids in need home libraries full of new books that they can read again and again. Thank You!

15th Annual A Taste for Reading Luncheon


Page Ahead invites you to our 15th annual A Taste for Reading benefit luncheon. Please join us for an inspiring program celebrating books, children and reading at Motif Hotel, Downtown Seattle. Doors open at 11:30AM, benefit concludes at 1:00PM.

Presented by:

Sponsors: The Boeing Company, Kaiser Permanente, Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, and Pogo Linux

Book Drive

Jet City Improv Book Drive for kids in need. Throughout January bring NEW children's books or monetary donations to the comedy performances listed below. All proceeds from the drive will go towards helping kids in need get the chance to read!

Jet City Improv:
Fridays at 10:30 pm and Saturdays at 8 pm
Seattle’s own brand of short-form improv comedy. Every show is a blast of brand new scenes, games, and songs, all based on audience suggestions and crafted into pure comedy by our seasoned improvisers.

Twisted Flicks:
Saturday, January 27th at 8 pm
"King Kong Escapes"

Big Trucks + Baseball = BOOKS!

PACCAR donates $75,000 to Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program through the RBI for Literacy program – PACCAR has teamed up with the Seattle Mariners and together, they are creating thousands of reading opportunities for kids in need.  PACCAR believes that with a strong education, people have a life full of opportunities. We couldn’t agree more!

L – R:  Ken Hastings, Marisol Monge and Alexis Cinco from PACCAR, Susan Dibble and José Amoedo from Page Ahead

Mariners host Book Drive Aug 15th!

Join PACCAR and Mariners Care by bringing NEW children’s books or cash donations to the Tuesday, August 15th game against Baltimore.

Volunteers will be collecting funds and new books at the gates prior to the game. In addition, PACCAR will be displaying a special Mariners-themed truck on the parking plaza at the south end of the stadium (Edgar Martinez Drive and Occidental).  Fans are encouraged to ‘Stuff the Truck’ with new children’s book donations.

All donations will benefit Page Ahead and give kids in need the chance to read. Go Mariners!

Questions? Click Here

14th Annual A Taste for Reading Luncheon

Presenting Sponsor: Amazon

Chapter Sponsors: The Boeing Company, Ernst & Young, Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes

Arts West Playhouse and Gallery Hosts Book Drive for Page Ahead

ArtsWest is proud to partner with Page Ahead this holiday season to host a book drive from December 4th to December 23rd in the Playhouse and Gallery durring the production of Peter and the Starcatcher, a family friendly, musical play that began as a best-selling children’s novel. For more information about the book drive and production, please visit Arts West

Holiday Book Drives

During this giving season we are delighted our friends at University Book Store, Elliot Bay Book Company and Barnes & Noble Seattle, have chosen to put new books in the hands of kids who need them.

University Book Stores, Elliot Bay Book Co and Barnes & Noble Seattle will be collecting new books and monetary donations for Page Ahead. Stop by to complete your holiday shopping and support their efforts to give kids in need the chance to read!

University Book Store November 23rd - December 31st 2016: U District, Bellevue, and Mill Creek
Elliot Bay Book Company November 24th - January 1st 2017: Seattle
Barnes & Noble November 1st 2016 - January 1st 2017: Seattle


Seattle Seahawks & Bonneville Seattle recognize the Charities of the Month

On August 25th 2016 at Century Link Field, Page Ahead was among the 12 outstanding Pacific Northwest charaties recognized by the Seattle Seahawks and Bonneville Seattle for their work in the community for 2015 - 2016.

Book Fair

Barnes & Noble Pacific Place hosts in-store Bookfair to benefit Page Ahead, Saturday, September 10th - 16th. Mention Page Ahead at check out and a portion of your purchase will go towards helping kids in need have access to new books.

Mariners host Book Drive Aug 23rd!

Join PACCAR and Mariners Care by bringing NEW children’s books or cash donations to the Tuesday, August 23rd game against New York.

Volunteers will be collecting funds and new books at the gates prior to the game. In addition, PACCAR will be displaying a special Mariners-themed truck on the parking plaza at the south end of the stadium (Edgar Martinez Drive and Occidental).  Fans are encouraged to ‘Stuff the Truck’ with new children’s book donations.

All donations will benefit Page Ahead and give kids in need the chance to read. Go Mariners!

Questions? Click Here

Page Ahead Book Fairs

It's that time of year again, time to give books to kids in need for summer reading. Our Book Up Summer program gives young students the tools and incentive they need to read during summer vacation. Grounded in current literacy research, this evidence-based reading program is offered to high-poverty elementary schools through Page Ahead’s partnerships with school districts across Washington State. View the map here. Each student receives their choice of 12 new books that are theirs to keep and read over summer vacation and beyond. From 04/26 - 6/15 elementary students in grades K - 2nd, will be selecting their new books. That's 61 schools, over 9,000 kids receiving over 100,000 new books!

Page Ahead Receives National Book Grant

Leading Provider of Children’s Books and Literacy Programs in Washington State is Recipient of National Grant Courtesy of and Capstone Community Fund. The program received an estimated 3,600 books, valued at approximately $19,500. Over the next few months, the program will distribute these pallets as a part of its annual donation of more than 60,000 new books to children, families, and communities in need.

Read the press release here.

Holiday Book Drives

During this giving season we are delighted our friends at Barnes & Noble and University Book Store have chosen to put new books in the hands of kids who need them.

University Book Stores and select Barnes & Noble locations will be collecting new books for Page Ahead. Stop by to complete your holiday shopping and support their efforts to give kids in need the chance to read!

Barnes & Noble November 1st 2015 - January 1st 2016: Northgate, Alderwood, and Spokane
University Book Store November 23rd - December 31st 2015:U District, Bellevue, and Mill Creek

Bonneville Seattle and the Seattle Seahawks have selected Page Ahead as their Charity of the Month for September 2015!

Read the article. Click Here

Mariners host Book Drive Aug 25th!

Join Mariners Care and PACCAR by bringing NEW children’s books or cash donations to the Tuesday, August 25th game against Oakland.

Volunteers will be collecting funds and new books at the gates prior to the game.  In addition, PACCAR will be displaying a special Mariners-themed truck on the parking plaza at the south end of the stadium (Edgar Martinez Drive and Occidental).  Fans are encouraged to ‘Stuff the Truck’ with new children’s book donations.

All donations will benefit Page Ahead and give kids in need the chance to read. Go Mariners!

Questions? Click Here

Congratulations to our Book Up Summer graduates!

As we say a fond farewell to the second graders, who are now fully stocked with books, we welcome a new wave of Kindergarteners! This past spring our new little readers have been excitedly selecting their first 12 books to take home and read throughout the summer. The results are exciting – kids who participated in our Book Up Summer program are showing test scores anywhere from 5% to 10% higher on the standardized reading tests than the previous group of kids not in the program.
We look forward to seeing our new friends for Book Up Summer 2016!

Help Kids Be Book Smart

Page Ahead, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), and Macy’s have teamed up to Be Book Smart this summer and help get books to kids in need. Be a part of the action!

From June 21 – July 12, 2015, give $3 and get $10 off* a purchase of $30 or more. Macy's will donate 100% of every $3 to Page Ahead & RIF to help provide free books for kids in need in our community and across the country! (*Exclusions and restrictions apply. See associate for details.)

Help Page Ahead bring the joy of reading to more children this summer! Visit your local Macy’s store or go to: Macy's/RIF to learn how you can get involved and help Be Book Smart!

Book Up Summer book fairs 2015

Whew!  We just wrapped up Book Up Summer for this year. And what a year it was!
We held more than 50 book fairs this year!  We gave 58,656 new books to 4,888 kids at 38 schools in 11 school districts in 7 counties!
“This is the best day of my life!”  - Anna, Mt. View Elementary

GIVE BIG! 2015

12th Annual Benefit Luncheon

11th Annual Benefit Luncheon

11th Annual Benefit Luncheon

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Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive 2013

B&N Holiday Book Drive 2013

Barnes & Noble is giving kids in need the chance to read. Stop by your local B&N and pick out a book to support Page Ahead. The book drive will run from November 1, 2013 to January 1, 2014. To learn more about their program click here

SD Deacon and Page Ahead Golf for Literacy

Be Book Smart

Join Page Ahead and host SD Deacon for an afternoon of golf and fun for children’s literacy. This year’s tournament will be held on Wednesday, August 20th at the Golf Club at Redmond Ridge. Shotgun start is at 1:30p with a celebratory dinner to follow.





Mariners' Ibanez Shares Clemente Honor with Page Ahead

Seattle Mariner's left fielder Raul Ibanez has been selected as the nominee for MLB's Roberto Clemente Award. And he's chosen to help Page Ahead with his award. Read more here.

Book Up Summer is on the Radio!

Hear how Page Ahead is working to end summer learning loss for at-risk kids. Stopping the Summer Slide

KPLU 88.5 FM
June 16, 2013

Book Up Summer

On the final day of the 2012 school year, Page Ahead gave 20,000 new books to kindergarteners and first graders throughout Seattle and Highline schools districts.

By partnering with School’s Out Washington and Scholastic, and with a generous gift from Target, Page Ahead provided these mini-libraries to nearly 1,700 young readers. The group was diverse as well as large, but from urban neighborhoods in Seattle, to rural towns in Yakima Valley, to immigrant communities in Burien, participating students had one thing in common: their families were less likely to have books at home than were high-income households elsewhere.

Page Ahead developed the BOOK UP SUMMER! program informed by recent research. Studies indicate that differences in children’s resources at home corresponds to achievement gaps at school and, moreover, that the gap widens in summer months outside the classroom. By providing students with their very own books, Page Ahead secured crucial literacy tools for students whose access to reading material might otherwise terminate with the school year.

Page Ahead expressed its appreciation of families’ role in children’s literacy by including another surprise with the new books a voucher for two free tickets to a Mariners game! Over 200 students and families participated, and two lucky students joined Page Ahead’s Executive Director Susan Dibble on the field and the Jumbotron!

The books given away this summer will help students keep up their reading skills during the summer, and return to school in the fall ready to learn.

Barnes & Noble Bookfair

On Saturday, June 23rd the Downtown Bellevue Barnes & Noble will donate a percentage of all purchases to Page Ahead! Stop by to support Page Ahead! True crime writer Ann Rule and her daughter Leslie Rule speak and sign their books at 2:00 pm. Can't attend our bookfair at Barnes & Noble? Go to and support us online from 6/22/12 to 6/28/12 by entering book fair ID 10798569 at check out!


Best Books for Kids Awards

The Best Books for Kids awards celebrate the talent of the authors and illustrators without whom Page Ahead could not fulfill its mission of giving quality new books to children in need. We hope the Best Books for Kids Awards will serve as a guide to teachers, librarians and parents in making quality literature accessible to children.

And the winners are:

We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems

How to Clean a Hippopotamus by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill

The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O'Conner

This year's nominees were:

Read Aloud:

LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

A Sick day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead


Yucky Worms by Vivian French

The Bat Scientists by Mary Kay Carson

Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature by Sarah C. Campbell

Lizards by Nic Bishop


Dear Primo, a Letter to My Cousin by Duncan Tonatiuh

Chalk by Bill Thomson

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama

Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan

Our judges for this year's awards are experts in children's literature, drawn fro across Washington State: Rene Kirkpatrick of Third Place Books, Seattle; Cecilia McGowan, children's services coordinator of King County Library System; Marilyn Carpenter, professor of literacy, Eastern Washington University and author of The Children's Book Compass Blog; and Stefanie Malone, community outreach manager at KCTS television, Seattle.

Best Books for Kids Book Drive! May 28th through June 8th 2012

Independent bookstores across Washington State have joined together to give kids in need the chance to read. Visit a bookstore near you and give a book to a child in need now through June 8th. Find the independent book store closest to you and give a kid in need the chance to read!

Chelan County
A Book for All Seasons
703 Hwy 2
Leavenworth, WA 98826

Clark County
Vintage Books
6613 E Mill Plain703 Hwy 2
Vancouver, WA 98661

Grant County
1 Basin St NW
Ephrata, WA 98823

King County
Children's Bookshop
225 W Meeker St.
Kent, WA  98033

Mockingbird Books
7220 Woodlawn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115

ParkPlace Books
348 Parkplace Center
Kirkland, WA 98033

Queen Anne Books
1811 Queen Anne Ave, North
Seattle, WA 98109

Ravenna Third Place Books
6504 20th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115

Santoro's Books
7405 Greenwood Ave. N
Seattle, WA  98103

Secret Garden
2214 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107

Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

University Book Store - Bellevue
990 102nd Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA 98004-4916

University Book Store - The Ave
4326 University Way NE
Seattle WA 98105-1009

Kitsap County
Liberty Bay Books
18881 D Front Street
Poulsbo, WA 98370

Eagle harbor Book Company
157 Winslow Way East
Bainbridge Is, WA 98110

Lewis County
Book N' Brush
518 N. Market Blvd
Chehalis, WA 98532

Mason County
Sage Book Store
116 West Railroad Ave #102
Shelton, WA  98584

Omak County
Corner Shelf Book Store
6 N. Main
Omak, WA  98841

San Juan County
Darvills Bookstore
PO Box 166 296 Main St
Eastsound, WA 98245

Snohomish County
Edmonds Bookshop
111 Fifth Avenue South
Edmonds, WA 98020

Snow Goose Bookstore
8616 271st Street NW
Stanwood, WA 98292

University Book Store - Mill Creek
15311 Main Street
Mill Creek, WA 98012

Thurston County
Orca Books
509 E. 4th Ave
Olympia WA 98501

Materials for Book Stores


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updated June 1, 2011

Plan on rallying your friends and supporting your favorite charity (us!) as part of one of the biggest days of giving in King County history. Then click on our GiveBIG button to make a donation on June 23rd.

To learn more please visit The Seattle Foundation GiveBIG page.

A Taste for Reading

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Celebrate Literacy!

updated November 15, 2010

We are proud to announce that Page Ahead has been honored at the state level by the Washington Organization for Reading Development. In September 2010, Page Ahead received the Celebrate Literacy Award for exemplary accomplishment in the promotion of literacy at the annual WORD conference in Seattle.

This award recognizes organizations, institutions, and individuals who have made significant literacy contributions at the state level. To be nominated for the statewide award, an organization must be a past recipient of a local WORD council's Celebrate Literacy Award. Page Ahead received the Celebrate Literacy Award from the Seattle WORD Council in September 2009.

We thank the members of WORD for this recognition, as well as the many partners and volunteers who make our efforts possible. Thank you!


“Best Books for Kids” Book Awards

updated June 18, 2010

After 20 years of providing great new children’s books to the kids who need them, we felt it was high time to recognize the “best of the best” in children’s literature. So we created the Best Books for Kids award in celebration of our milestone anniversary to recognize the wonderful creativity available in children’s literature today.

We announced the winners of the Best Books for Kids Awards at the Library Bistro in downtown Seattle.

Drumroll, please:

The Puget Sound Council nominated the book finalists, and the winning books were chosen by a panel of children’s literature experts from across Washington State.

Special thanks to our judges: Stephanie Dunnewind, Children’s book reviewer to The Seattle Times; Cecelia Goodnow, Cover to Cover Kids blog; Rene Kirkpatrick, Third Place Books; Cecilia McGowan, Children’s Services Coordinator of King County Library System; and Danielle Ringwald, of Get Lit! in Spokane.

Read Aloud: Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; Maybe a Bear Ate It! by Robie Harris; and The Three Little Tamales by Eric A. Kimmel. Although not chosen to receive an award, the judges gave A Book by Mordicai Gerstein special mention for its originality.

Non-fiction: Butterflies and Moths by Nic Bishop; The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth by Kathleen Krull; The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder by Mark Cassino;and Boy, Were We Wrong About the Solar System! by Kathleen V. Kudlinski.

Multicultural: One Hen - How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by Katie Smith Milway; The Beckoning Cat by Koko Nishizuka; Our Children Can Soar by Michelle Cook; and Book Fiesta! by Pat Mora.

And remember, nominated books make excellent gifts! Just click on the links next to the titles above to start your shopping; a portion of each purchase will go to Page Ahead. Thank you!

Book Drives

May is National Fitness Month. To celebrate, Page Ahead is teaming up with fitness and wellness centers to host our 5th Annual Fit to Read book drive. We invite you to help us promote the importance of a strong body and a strong mind by dropping off brand-new children's books at your local, Spokane-area fitness center.Please deposit new children’s books at the following locations:

  • Curves:
    • North Spokane (410 E Holland Ave.)
    • Northwest Spokane (1104 W Wellesley Ave.)
  • Anytime Fitness
    • North Spokane (101 E Hastings Rd.)
    • Millwood (8901 E Trent Ave.)
  • Gold's Gym- North Spokane (10101 N Nevada St.)

Need book donation ideas? Check out our wish list.

National Children's Book Week

May 10 - 16, 2010

Thank you for the books you gave me.
We all love how you let our school have some of your books.
You are so awesome for giving us these books.
You are changing kids lives by doing this.
Thank you so much.

Sincerely, Emmy
Springdale Elementary

Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program is proud to partner with independent booksellers in celebration of National Children’s Book Week, May 10th to 16th and collect hundreds of new books for kids like Emmy. Whether you want to donate a new copy of your old favorite or a new-fangled graphic novel the kids seem to love, this is your opportunity to put a brand new book in the hands of a child, perhaps one who has never possessed her very own book!

Purchase a book for a child in need at one of the independent bookstores below during National Children’s Book Week. Some stores will offer 20% off books purchased to donate. Check back here or visit our Facebook page for an up-to-date list of participating indies.

  • Adelaide's Books, 1401 Bay Ave, Ocean Park (360) 665.6050
  • Bethel Avenue Bookstore, 1037 Bethel Ave, Port Orchard (360) 876.7500
  • Eagle Harbor Book Co., 157 Winslow Wy E, Bainbridge Island (206) 842.5332
  • Edmonds Bookshop, 111 Fifth Ave S, Edmonds (425) 775.2789
  • Fremont Place Book Co., 621 N 35th St, Seattle (206) 547.5970
  • Island Books, 3014 78th SE, Mercer Island (206) 232.6920
  • Liberty Bay Books 18881 D Front St, Poulsbo (360) 779.5909
  • Mockingbird Books, 7220 Woodlawn Ave NE, Seattle (206)518.5886
  • Orca Books, 509 E 4th Ave, Olympia (360) 352.0123
  • Page 2 Books 15706 – 1st Ave S, Burien (206.248.7248)
  • Parkplace Books, 348 Parkplace Center, Kirkland (425) 828.6546
  • Queen Anne Avenue Books, 1811 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle (206) 283.5624
  • Santoro’s Books, 7216 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle (206) 784.2113
  • Secret Garden Bookshop, 2214 NW Market St, Seattle (206) 789.5006
  • Tinman Gallery, 811 West Garland Avenue, Spokane (509) 325.1500
  • Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Wy NE, Lake Forest Park (206)366.3352
  • Village Books 1200 11th, Bellingham (360) 671.2626

Page Ahead’s book drive to celebrate National Children’s Book Week is sponsored by Scholastic Inc and Seattle Weekly.

Thank you to you “awesome” people who are helping change kids’ – like Emmy’s – lives.


Recent Book Drives and Fundraising Events

Page Ahead would like to thank these individuals and organizations who have recently completed book drives and/or hosted fundraising events:

  • Book-It Theatre with Ordway Elementary
  • Gonzaga SAAC
  • Jane Shubin - honoring Jean Douglas
  • Jayme Witman
  • Linda Flajole
  • Peg Kehret
  • Puget Sound Business Journal
  • Stefan’s Giving Never Tasted So Good Drive

A Taste for Reading Benefit Luncheon

May 12, 2010
Four Seasons Hotel, Seattle

Page Ahead appreciates all the sponsors, guests, table captains, volunteers and students who helped to make our 7th Annual Taste for Reading benefit luncheon a success! Together, we surpassed our goal of $90,000 to provide new books and literacy services for children in need.

Our 2010 luncheon represents a special anniversary for Page Ahead – we have been giving away books in Washington State for 20 years! We were excited to recognize founding board members, Dave Osmer, Barbara Clark and Rick White who were in attendance.

First grade students from Daniel Elementary students delighted guests with their performance of The Three Tamales, one of Page Ahead’s award-nominated books. They were followed by more than two dozen second and third graders from Van Asselt caught the spirit of the day perfectly with their “Thank You!” song.

Special thanks to emcee Enrique Cerna, the host of KCTS9 Connects, Instructional Coach Lien Le from Daniel Elementary and Paul Fowler, choir director at Van Asselt Elementary.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

    • The Boeing Company
    • Jim and Marilyn Cook
    • Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes
    • Gene and Nancy Leonardson
    • Whittnee Chen


Banking for Books

Posted May 2, 2010

Thank you to 49 Spokane area banking institutions for making Banking for Books 2010 a huge success! They encouraged their patrons to "Make a Book Deposit" and collected more than 1,100 new books for local kids in need.

Shout out to the branch that collected the most new books - an amazing 453 - Spokane Federal Credit Union! In celebration of their accomplishment, breakfast is being provided for the employees of their branch on May 5. Thanks to Albertson's on N Indian Trail, Albertson's on NW Blvd, Costco, Craven's Coffee, Jan Young, Rosauers, Starbucks Coffee on Main & Post, Yoke's Fresh Market for making it possible.

  • Banner Bank
    • NorthTown Branch
    • Hamilton Branch
    • N. Division Branch
    • Market Street Branch
    • Hastings Branch
    • Millwood Branch
    • Argonne Branch
    • Sullivan Branch
    • Sprague and University Branch
  • Northland Credit Union
  • Safeway Federal Credit Union
  • Spokane Federal Credit Union
    • Downtown Branch
    • Francis Ave. (CU Service Center)
    • Drive-up Location
  • Spokane Media Federal Credit Union
    • Valley Branch
    • Main Branch
  • Washington Trust Bank
    • Liberty Lake Branch
    • Spokane Main Office
    • Sullivan Branch
    • Airway Heights Branch
    • Indiana Branch
    • Manito Branch
    • Medical Center Office
    • Second & Wall Branch
    • East Sprague Branch
    • Valley Financial Center Branch
    • Northgate Branch
    • Wandemere Branch
    • Maple Garland Branch
    • Lincoln Heights Branch
    • Priority Service Branch
    • Deer Park Branch
    • Five Mile Branch
    • Operations
  • Wells Fargo Bank
    • Main Office 1st Floor
    • Wealth Management Group - Main Office, 7th floor
    • Retail Admin- Main Office, 8th floor
    • Northwest and Ash Branch (Inside Safeway)
    • Town and Country Branch (Monroe and Francis)
    • North Division Branch (Division and Cozza)
    • University City Branch (Sprague and Dartmouth)
    • E Sprague and Evergreen Branch (Inside Safeway)
    • South Spokane Branch (30th and Regal)
  • Wells Fargo Financial
    • 7450 N Division
    • 1419 N Argonne
    • 3209 E 57th
  • Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
    • 1212 N Washington Suite 300 (3rd floor)
    • 11707 E Sprague Suite 102 (1st floor)
  • Wells Fargo Insurance Services - 601 W Main Suite 1400 (14th floor)


2 Millionth Book!

posted April 15, 2010

What do 2,000,000 books weigh? More than 40 elephants!

Washington Governor Christine Gregoire declared March 12th, 2010, to be officially “Page Ahead Day.” On this day Page Ahead gave away our 2 Millionth book at Van Asselt Elementary School in Seattle. The celebration included music, entertainment, cake, and of course, new books!

Everyone enjoyed a lively rendition of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, read by Washington State First Gentleman Mike Gregoire. Radio Disney entertained the kids, and many volunteers--including VoluntEars from the local Disney Store--were there to read with the children.

Check out the special “Thank You” song composed and performed by the Van Asselt Choir in commemoration of the occasion.

Special thanks to sponsors The Boeing Company, MoneyTree, AKJ Books, and Scholastic Books, along with all who celebrated with us!


Page Ahead Honored

posted March 11, 2010

Page Ahead has been named Program of the Month for March by Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)! Founded in 1966, RIF is the oldest and largest children’s literacy organization in the country. Thank you RIF!

Read more here


Kids Skate in Spokane

Eight students from Audubon Elementary had the opportunity to attend the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane on January 24. Page Ahead donated ten tickets to the school for the event. A special treat was the chance to meet gold medalist Rachael Flatt, who serves as a spokesperson for the national group Reading Is Fundamental (RIF).

Read more here

Page Ahead's A Taste for Reading Benefit Luncheon
April 5, 2007

But words are things; and a small drop of ink,
Falling, like dew, upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.
~ Lord Byron, Don Juan

A Taste for Reading, Page Ahead’s annual fundraising luncheon has already exceed the fundraising goal of $60,000! The event featured young authors from Rainier View Elementary in South Seattle who shared the words they created for their school’s Young Authors Conference later in the spring. Also featured, was seven year old Byrne, who shared his experience of hosting a book drive for his birthday with the 250 guests. Special thanks to our sponsors, The Boeing Company, the ChenSteinO'MalleySven Foundation and Washington's Lottery, who matched each donation of $250 or more!

Ballet for Books
March 25,2007

Ballet Spokane and interPLAYERS presented "Tales of Beatrix Potter," on Sunday, March 25th. Theatre patrons who brought a NEW children's book to donate received $1 off admission! All books collected at the event benefited Page Ahead, and will be distributed to children in Spokane and across the state.

Second Annual Pi Beta Phi Walk for Literacy
February 24, 2007

The Seattle Chapter of the Pi Beta Phi Alumnae and the University of Washington Collegiate Chapter hosted their Second Annual Walk for Literacy at Green Lake. Walkers braved the wind and rain, and collected 165 new children's books and $425! Coffee and refreshments were donated by Starbucks and QFC, walkers got to hang out with Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George and the Cat in the Hat!

Interested in hosting your own fundraiser to benefit Page Ahead? Contact LeAnne, Community Outreach Coordinator.

Dish Up Literacy!
August 3, 2006

Participating restaurants across Washington State donated at least 10% of their proceeds on August 3rd to support children's literacy. Clifford the Big Red Dog and Curious George visit diners in some neighborhood restaurants, and some local bookstores collected new children's books to help support the event. Together, restaurants, bookstores and their patrons provided over 3,500 new books to be distributed across Washington State.

Additionally, all those who visited a partcipating restaurant on August 3rd were eligible to enter a drawing to win a week-long travel package for four, including round-trip airfare, courtesy of Alaska Airlines, and accomodations. Congratulations to Rebecca Sellers of Seattle for winning the prize package by entering at Tutta Bella in Wallingford.

To learn more about Dish Up Literacy, visit or send us an email to learn how to participate next year.

Overlake School Benefit Concert
April 22, 2006

The 6th Annual Overlake School’s Benefit Concert raised over $2,600 to provide books for at-risk children. Since 2001, students at The Overlake School have planned, produced and performed in a concert to raise funds for a local charity. Page Ahead was the 2006 beneficiary.

A Taste for Reading Benefit Luncheon
April 6, 2006

The Cascade Shakespeare Players wowed guests at the 3rd Annual A Taste for Reading Benefit Luncheon with their rendition of Romeo and Juliet. The guests exceeded expectations and have contributed over $53,000 to date. All gifts were matched, doubling the number of new books Page Ahead is able to distribute to Washington's kids in need. Thank you to our sponsors: The Boeing Company, Expedia Inc., The Seattle Times, The Triple Door, Parametrix Inc., nikkomedia, DeLaurenti Food & Wine and Macy’s.

Read the press release [PDF].

Pi Beta Phi Walk for Literacy
February 25, 2006

The UW and UPS Chapters of Pi Beta Phi and the Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Clubs of Bellevue, North Puget, Seattle, and Tacoma Walked for Literacy around Green Lake. Participants met at 9a and collected over $350 and 145 new children’s books to benefit Page Ahead. Download the poster here [PDF].

For more information, contact LeAnne, Community Outreach Coordinator.

Ballet for Books
February 19, 2006

Page Ahead, Ballet Spokane, and interPLAYERS presented Ballet for Books: A Wonderland Miscellany to benefit children's literacy in Spokane. Patrons enjoyed a special performance of Alice in Wonderland by Ballet Spokane, Spokane's only professional ballet company, and donated $600 and almost 200 new children's books. After the show, patrons were invited to attend a Mad Hatter's tea party at the theatre.

Special thanks to Ballet Spokane, interPLAYERS for donating the space, and Rocket Bakery for sponsoring the tea party.

Not-So-Silent Auction
February 17, 2006

Fantastic items including lunch at various Downtown Seattle restaurants, a membership to a local museum, and lift tickets to Snoqualmie were auctioned off at the Not-So-Silent Auction at the Cascade People Center. Over $800 was collected to benefit Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program and the Washington Reading Corps.

Book Plates: Dishing Up Literacy
August 18, 2005

Book Plates is a community event that brings the neighborhood together to celebrate and boost children's literacy! Book Plates is supported by local chambers of commerce, promoted by local merchants, publicized by local newspapers, hosted by local restaurants, and patronized by local families. Who benefits? Local schools. Read More »

An Event for the Entire Family in Tacoma
June 25, 2005

You are invited to spring kids into summer reading by celebrating "10,000 books to 10,000 kids." This free family event will be held at the Tacoma Art Museum from noon to 1:45 pm on June 25th. Join the fun! To celebrate summer reading, Page Ahead presents storytellers, games, crafts, door prizes, and snacks. Read More »

Kids Spring into Summer Reading
June 25, 2005

A campaign to keep kids reading all summer long is generating thousands of books for distribution across Washington by Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program. The campaign will finish with a free event on June 25 at the Tacoma Art Museum from noon to 1:45 p.m. and will feature storytellers, games, crafts, free snacks, and door prizes. Read More »

Help Page Ahead Spring Kids into Summer

This spring Page Ahead is putting 10,000 books in the hands of 10,000 kids to make sure they learn to read. Kids who read over teh summer are more likely to succeed in the fall when they return to school. Read More »

Page Ahead Receives the "Golden Apple Award" from KCTS for Excellence in Education

This year Page Ahead received the "Golden Apple Award" for excellence in education. More than 150 individuals and organizations from across Washington were nominated to receive this award, and 12 were selected. Read More »

The Yale University Whiffenpoofs of 2004 Live In Concert!
June 1, 2004

Enjoy Yale's premier collegiate male glee club on their world tour to benefit children's literacy. The world-renowned Whiffenpoofs will sing songs from various styles and eras ranging from classic jazz to English folk songs to pop hits. Read More »

Merry Go Round for Reading

The holidays whirled by for the kids and families who took a spin on the ponies at the KING 5 carousel at Westlake this year. This was Page Ahead's second year of benefiting from the attraction, and the $25,000 we earned will enable us to buy 5,000 new books for at-risk children around the state. Page Ahead was not the only beneficiary of this partnership with KING 5; we shared revenues from the carousel with the Starlight Foundation and Pike Market Child Care Center. Read More »

A Taste for Reading: a Benefit for Children's Literacy
June 1, 2004

Thanks to all who gave so generously at Page Ahead's annual benefit luncheon. More than 200 guests attended "A Taste for Reading" and gave generously to support literacy programs for children at-risk of academic failure. The luncheon was a great success, meeting its financial goal, and delighting the audience with witty performances by The Yale University Whiffenpoofs of 2004. Read More »

Book Plates 2004 and Participating Restaurants
October 21, 2004

Thank you for "Dishing Up Literacy" at Book Plates Book Plates is an annual event involving neighborhood restaurants and community merchants. Participating restaurants donate a portion of their receipts to Page Ahead to buy new books for neighborhood children attending neighborhood schools. Read More »

Lop Your Locks for Literacy
August 15, 2004

Thanks to the New London Salon, located at the Inn at the Market in Seattle, for generating enthusiasm for Page Ahead at the Pike Place Market. The salon's stylists contributed a portion of their earnings during the week of August 23-28 to Page Ahead. Read More »

School book drives help more children gain access to reading material
November 1, 2003

Collecting books for the Seattle-based organization Page Ahead made students think about something they take for granted in this comfortable North End neighborhood: access to reading material. Read More »

Book Nooks: Making a Case for Reading

Architecture and design firms across Puget Sound made a persuasive case for reading - thirteen of them to be exact. As part of its Book Nooks Campaign to purchase books for at-risk children, Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program invited firms to design and create original bookcases. Read More »