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Mothers And Babies

Mothers and Babies

CLN’s Mothers and Babies partners with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Washtenaw Literacy and Family Services of Ypsilanti to increase maternal bonding and model reading interactions. CLN provides over 2000 baby board books and sibling books annually.

Read To Kids

Read to Kids

Parents at local Head Start programs earn free books for the whole family by reading aloud with their children ten times each month.

Staying In Closer Touch

Staying in Closer Touch

This program takes place at three correctional facilities in Washtenaw County. Volunteers work one-on-one with incarcerated parents to read a book aloud and make a voice recording.

Summer Book Program

Summer Book Program

CLNReads provides students in high focus low-resource schools to choose up to 8 high-quality books to take home, read and engage with throughout the summer months. In 2018, CLN piloted an interactive reading website, to actively keep students in grades 1-5 engaged with reading all summer long!


There are so many ways you can make a difference!
Help CLN to make an impact in our community, please take a look at all the options below:

  • Donate Funds. Individual contributions are the backbone of financial support for our programs. Please help by clicking the DONATE button on this website today!
  • Donate Books. We are always grateful for any donation of new books. Please check out our wishlist today.
  • Book Drive. Any volunteer group interested in collecting new books for Children’s Literacy Network can hold a book drive. We welcome corporate challenges, birthday parties, and school book drives. Be creative!
  • Volunteer. SICT, FLIP, and CLNReads all need volunteers to support and facilitate these amazing programs. Please contact us directly at elizabeth@childrensliteracynetwork to find out how you can truly make a difference in our community!


Mitchell Elementary School
Estabrook Elementary School
Erickson Elementary School
Holmes Elementary School
Pittsfield Elementary School
Success by Six
United Way of Washtenaw County
Packard Health Fair
Washtenaw Literacy
Ballin’ in the Boulevard
Head Start
Junior League of Ann Arbor
Kerrytown Book Fest
Women, Infants, Children (WIC)
0 in 10
children in Michigan currently have a parent in prison.
of those in prison are unable to read above a 4th grade level.
books selected by a child and read over the summer is as effective as summer school in raising the student's reading score.
of the reading achievement gap accumulates during summer months, traced to a lack of access to books.

What We Do Matters.

Thoughts from the parents, teachers, volunteers, and kids we work with...

A fifth grader whom I taught when she was a struggling third grader, told me she was "addicted" to the books from a particular series she'd received as part of CLN's summer reading program. She begged me to order the rest from the public library for her. This is a girl who used to hate to read! She's among those who improved their reading scores over the summer. Tremendous.

Several months after recording a mother, she stopped by to thank us, again, and to tell us her son had brought his recording and book to school. She's been in prison since he was a baby so his friends haven't met her, nor have any of his teachers. “This is my mom,” he told his teacher, holding up the CD, along with his book. “This is my mom.” The book, the actual, physical object, acquired significant emotional and symbolic weight, a presence, a proxy, for an unimaginable absence. “Well,” this first-grade teacher said, “let’s meet your mom.” She played the CD for the class, twice.

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