Literacy Programs

Research shows that reading at grade level allows students to excel in different subjects, graduate on time, and succeed beyond high school. Bookworm Central is an adamant advocate for pro-literacy endeavors and programs that support the next generation's reading needs—we not only supply other organizations' pro-literacy programs, but have also piloted several literacy programs of our own. If you are interested in working with us to promote literacy in your own community through any of the programs below, we'd love to talk to you; contact us at

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)

RIF is the largest children's literacy nonprofit in the United States. You may be most familiar with RIF's work in Books for Ownership, which funds and helps organize special events for children to each choose their very own free book. Bookworm Central is proud to be a RIF supplier, earmarking a wide selection of quality books to offer at deep discount to local educators for their RIF events. Click here to view our catalogue and order form.

Read In Summer and Excel (RISE)

The regression of academic development over summer breaks is a well-known phenomenon. Bookworm Central works to support continuous learning and maintain reading levels with the RISE program, which puts expertly selected books into the hands of the students you identify as having greatest need of reading support. The students take home assigned projects to ensure that they do the reading, and may be evaluated by their schools in September.

Read Each Day Independently (REDI)

REDI aims to cultivate students' independent reading habits by providing easy access to quality literature, contemporary and classic alike, at at every skill level. Bookworm Central will not only supply the books but also draw on our 20 years' experience to work with you in preparing a reading list best fitted to your students' needs and interests.

First-graders Love Independent Practice (FLIP)

FLIP is an independent reading program targeted specifically to first-grade students, who are at a vital crossroads in their journey to literacy. The importance of solid educational support at this stage cannot be overstated—studies show that children without access to such support lag behind their peers in language and literacy development. As with REDI, Bookworm Central offers the benefit of our experience to choose and supply the best selection of books for your students.

STEM Out And Read (SOAR)

As we promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to our children, we cannot forget that of equal importance to a STEM professional's technical training is the ability to grasp existing research and clearly document one's own procedures. Bookworm Central's SOAR program, which boasts a carefully curated suite of acclaimed STEM-centric fiction as well as nonfiction, encourages students to develop love for STEM and love of reading side-by-side.

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Our philosophy

We believe that good literature has the power to provoke thought, spark imagination, and shape character. It reinforces the concepts essential to civilized society: courage, compassion, integrity, goodness and gratitude. Books bring these gifts to life, helping children develop inner resources that can be drawn upon throughout their lives.


“With Bookworm as our Book Fair vendor, I know the selection of books will be high quality in every regard.In fact, I feel confident enough in this to allow Norwood Middle School students to count any book purchased at our Book Fair as part of their summer reading requirement.” Sue Gail Spring, Head Librarian, Norwood School
“Bookworm consistently offers our students an outstanding selection of quality literature. What other company previews each and every book in its collection?” Karen Kelly, St. Mary’s Catholic School, Alexandria
“We hear time and time again from parents and teachers that our fairs provide an excellent selection of quality books, both fiction and non-fiction. Valerie Van Note-Kreider, Bookfair Coordinator, Nysmith School
“The thing I appreciate most about Bookworm(besides their excellent staff and excellent responsiveness) is that we can almost customize our bookfair to suit the needs of our students, teachers and parents.” Jeanne Rucks, Wolftrap ES, Vienna VA
“Staff, parents, and students were all impressed and in awe of the quality and selection of books on offer. There was an excitement and buzz about the school all week. Children running to me with checks, reporting back to me that they had already finished the book they bought the day before, and often parents popping in more than once to purchase…. the POS system was a breeze. I trained different volunteers every two hours, each day, and it was very manageable to everyone.” Kristin Teeters, Librarian, British School of Washington