First Grade Initiative Program:

Educators or Community Activists can apply to participate in the First Grade Initiative.

  • Books are $17.99 plus shipping. Schools are given a 20% discount for all student books.
  • Read with Malcolm provides the school with an animated video of Malcolm reading “The Magician’s Hat”
  • Malcolm does not make an appearance when books are provided only to First Grade Students unless there is a system wide donation. If there is a system wide donation, 1 school is selected within the school system for a school visit.
  • We encourage schools to work with community partners to assist with the cost of the books. If your school is a Title 1, 90% or greater free/reduced lunch program, you can apply for a Share the Magic Foundation Matching Grant.

​Help usmake a difference in the life of a first-grade student by simply giving a young reader the “magic” of reading as they begin their academic journey.

For more information, please contact:

Anne Sapp
Director, Read with Malcolm Programs

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Why First Graders

Literacy studies show us that only 53 percent of children ages three to five are read to daily by a family member. Additionally, children in families with incomes below the poverty line are less likely to be read to aloud everyday than are children in families with incomes at or above poverty. The most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children is to increase their access to print. Because 61% of low-income families have no age-appropriate books in their Homes, creating a steady stream of new, age-appropriate books has been shown to nearly triple interest in reading within months. We know that children growing up in homes with at least 20 books get 3 years more schooling than children from homes without books; therefore, placing books in the hands and homes of first-grade students is critical to improving the literacy crisis in our country.

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