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Ready Readers Newsletter
Vol. 1 Issue 1 
December 2010 
Dear Friend of Ready Readers,

Welcome to Ready Readers' first quarterly e-newsletter.  Ready Readers wants to keep you informed about our program, our impact, and our events.  For our volunteer readers, our e-newsletter will also have a special "Readers' Corner" that will provide up-to-date ideas for enhancing the read-aloud experience.  The Ready Readers newsletter will also highlight upcoming events, stories about our volunteers, and a thank you to our major contributors.

Did you know that Ready Readers currently has 450 trained, passionate volunteers who read weekly to more than 7,000 preschool children in low-income communities?  The preschool children attend 116 low-income, early childhood sites in the St. Louis area.  Our mission is to inspire preschool children from low-income communities to become readers by reading aloud to them and by increasing their exposure to quality books and stimulating reading-related activities. The same reader always reads to the same children every week, allowing the children to associate a special person with the fun of reading.
Our mission may be simple, but our impact is great.  Ninety percent (90%) of teachers surveyed in 2010 believe that Ready Readers GREATLY contributes to their children's enjoyment of books.  For more information, read our 2009-2010 Annual Report and our 2010 Ready Readers Outcome Study.

If you have any comments or suggestions for the Ready Readers e-newsletter, please email us at  We are so thankful for everyone's support.

Enjoy!  Lisa and the staff of Ready Readers

Ready Readers' New Website!


Be sure to visit Ready Readers' new website,


You can find additional information about Ready Readers that cannot fit in this e-newsletter, including ideas for volunteer readers, information about what Ready Readers does, and more.  On the website, you can also join Executive Director, Lisa Greening, to blog your great read-aloud ideas.  Thank you Integrity and our fans for this fabulous new site!


You can also join Lisa and the Ready Readers staff on Facebook and Twitter.


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Save the Date! Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Imaginary Theatre Company's Benefit Performance

of Chanticleer! for Ready Readers


chanticleerChanticleer! is an adapted production of one of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, combining both the original folktale with music and laughter.  It is the story of a vain and cocky rooster who is deceived by a fox and must find a way to save his friends, the barnyard animals.


Bring your family and friends to the Repertory Theatre's Imaginary Theatre Company's Performance for Ready Readers on Sunday, February 13 at 1:00 pm at Clayton High School.  Enjoy an afternoon of arts and crafts, puppet making, face painting, a silent auction, highlighted by a truly enjoyable performance of the funny musical, Chanticleer, performed at 2:00 pm.  The production is recommended for children ages 3-10.


Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by calling 314-564-8070 or at the door.  All proceeds benefit Ready Readers.

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On January 26, 2011, twenty percent of all purchases (with a forthcoming coupon) at the  California Pizza Kitchen on Olive in Creve Coeur will be donated to Ready Readers. Mark your calendar and plan on bringing the family, catering your lunch or picking up dinner!!



Our Volunteers

Congratulations to former Ready Readers Board Member, Judge Audrey Fleissig!

Former Ready Readers Board member and volunteer reader, Honorable Audrey Fleissig, was appointed United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri.  At the investiture ceremony, Senator Claire McCaskill praised Judge Fleissig for her respectable career as both a litigating attorney and a judge, and strongly noted that her dedication as a volunteer for Ready Readers for ten years truly shows her involvement, care and understanding of the community.  To read Senator McCaskill's speech, go to:


Ready Readers thanks all who donated to Ready Readers in honor of Judge Fleissig's investiture.

Readers' Corner

Neighborhood Mother GooseMother Goose

All volunteers who read for Ready Readers for at least a full school year received a copy of The Neighborhood Mother Goose. Preschool-age children love having the Mother Goose rhymes sung to them over and  over again.  At each reading session, pick one or two rhymes and say or sing them to the children.  Then, repeat the rhyme again with a fun finger play activity.  If you would like to learn songs and fingerplay activities, visit


Favorite Read-Alouds

Do you have a favorite preschool read-aloud book or two?  Share them by visiting our blog at or provide suggestions on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


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loojking for a moose

Attendees of the Ready Readers workshop at the St. Louis County Library on November 13 were given a list of great read-aloud books.  Lisa Greening, Ready Readers' Executive Director, discovered a new favorite, Looking for a Moose.  It is an adventure story, similar to "Going on a Bear Hunt," but there is a multicultural representation of the children.


If you would like the list, which was developed by the St. Louis County Library's children's librarian, Kelly Bono, email your request to


Thank You for Your Support!

Ready Readers Gratefully Acknowledges the Following Major Contributors For Their Support (July 1, 2010 - December 1, 2010)



Crawford Taylor Foundation

Glendorn Foundation



Dana Brown Charitable Trust

Employees Community Fund of Boeing

ESCO Technologies Foundation

Fox Family Foundation


The Pettus Foundation

The Saigh Foundation

Siteman Family Foundation

The Staenberg Family Foundation




Enterprise Holdings Foundation

Finerty Family Foundation
Linda and Steve Finerty


$1,000 - $2,499

Bland Family Foundation

Risa and Craig Brown

Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation

Stupp Bros. Bridge & Iron Works Co. Foundation

TALX Corporation

Taste of the South

University of Phoenix



John and Yvette Dubinsky

Karen Kalish

Old Newsboys Day Foundation

Ronald and Sharalyn Saks

Nancy Siteman

Missy Slay


We apologize if we have inadvertently omitted anyone who should have been included or have spelled names incorrectly.  Please let us know so that we can correct future listings.


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