Community Literacy

Experience Summer Climb!


You are in the right place for helping your child stay engaged in learning over the summer and better prepared for school in the fall. If you are not familiar with the term Summer Slide 👎🏼 , think of it as a tendency for students to lose some of the academic gains they made during the school year over the summer break, due to lack of practice or engagement in educational activities.

This page is meant to be a hub of Summer Reading Resources and Community Events that help your child experience Summer Climb 👍🏽 can refer to the opposite phenomenon where individuals, particularly children, engage in activities during the summer that promote growth, learning, and skill development. This could include activities such as summer camps, outdoor adventures, educational programs, or pursuing hobbies and interests that lead to personal growth and development.


Shasta Public Library’s Summer Reading Program – A great way to continue reading through Summer Break.

Wintu Summer Reading Program

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Why does this work matter?

Literacy is an important part of assuring that children have every opportunity as they grow. Research indicates that if a child is not at grade level reading by the 3rd grade, they will have a more difficult time attaining grade level standards later in life. With this in mind, the Community Literacy Committee agreed to develop a county-wide plan with the following objectives:


  • To provide consistency across districts in the expectations for reading and pre-reading skills in grades K, 1, 2 and 3.
  • To provide common assessments for Kindergarten and Grade 1 so that students, parents, teachers and the community understand the level of proficiency students should strive for to be considered “on grade level” at the end of each year (Kindergarten and Grade 1).
  • To build a common language around the skills necessary for Grades 2 and 3 students to be considered “on grade level” in reading at the end of each year (Grade 2 and 3).

Little Free Libraries provide literacy opportunities for families and communities worldwide. Reach Higher Shasta, in partnership with the City of Redding, is proud to present Shasta County’s Little Free Libraries. Books for all ages can be found in our Little Free Libraries throughout Shasta County. Anyone can borrow books, completely free of charge. To see the locations of our Little Free Libraries, visit our Little Free Libraries Map.

Interested in hosting a Little Free Library in your neighborhood?

Visit Little Free Libraries for more information.

Want to build your own Little Free Library? Download building plans here


Shasta Reads brings together thousands of kids each year in classrooms, libraries, community centers, and homes across Shasta County. This annual campaign highlights the importance of building early literacy and language skills for every child. The earlier children develop these skills, the more likely they are to succeed in school. 

First 5 Shasta and Reach Higher Shasta work together to coordinate Shasta Reads, providing the book and other resources for over 150 readings at free public story times in classrooms, parks, and child care centers in the community. 

Shasta Reads 2023 Results!

First 5 Shasta and Reach Higher Shasta would like to thank everyone for making Shasta Reads (formerly Read for the Record) a huge success! Children and adults alike enjoyed the Shasta Reads book, Saturday by Oge Mora, on Thursday, October 26.  
We are pleased to share the outcomes of Shasta Reads 2023:
  • 156 sites (classrooms, preschools, family childcare, story times)
  • 3001 children 
  • 54 Celebrity Readers 

We can’t wait for Shasta Reads 2024 happening in October!

We appreciate your support of early literacy in Shasta County. You make a difference! 


California Reading & Literacy Project

Since 2016, Reach Higher Shasta has sponsored the California Reading & Literacy Project (CRLP) in Shasta County. CRLP trains K-3 on the best instructional practices for literacy development and language skills. In the past 7 years, CRLP has trained over 300 teachers. 

Training teachers through CRLP has been shown to improve student literacy outcomes. To see more data on the effectiveness of CRLP, view data here