Ready, Set, Read—Tacoma! (RSR-T) is a completely free program that introduces children over the age of 3 to early literacy and STEAM concepts. Most of our 100+ books in our collection has tips for grown-ups to make reading fun, related activities and suggestions for similar books. Participating families can use these tools to enrich their own, at-home story time routines and extend learning opportunities.

Our collection is available for checkout at 42 locations among Tacoma Public Preschools, Libraries, Community Centers, and the Rescue Mission. Local businesses provide prizes for every 10 collection books that have been logged. 60-book Champions who receive a medal for their hard work, become confident in their accomplishments and prove to be more prepared with skills they need to start Kindergarten!

How to Register

  1.  Fill out our Online Enrollment Form or complete the Paper Enrollment Form
  2. Read Books from the RSR-T Book List
  3. For every 10 books, complete the Online Logs for Prizes or fill out the Paper Book Log and turn it in to your teacher/librarian

Frequently Asked Questions

Why participate in Ready, Set, Read?

Fifty percent of our state’s kindergarteners start school below reading level. By participating in the Ready, Set, Read program, preschool-aged children will learn phonics, shapes, colors, safety, inclusion, and science, technology, engineering, art, math (STEAM) skills to prepare for kindergarten.

As an incentive to motivate your student, local businesses have provided prizes for every ten books your child reads and logs online.

Additional Resources

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Our Community Partners:

Tacoma Public Schools,  Graduate Tacoma, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Tacoma Public Libraries, Tacoma Metro Parks