Hoosier Family of Readers

Posted: Thu, 02/13/2014 - 2:37pm Updated: Tue, 01/06/2015 - 1:25pm
An Important Message about myON Books:
Hoosier Family of Readers and the entire Indiana Department of Education are extremely grateful to Capstone Publishing and myON Books for the generous access to their digital library during this summer! Free access ended on September 1, 2014. However, Hoosier Family of Readers is an ongoing initiative; please keep visiting our website, Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter to stay informed about upcoming events, resources for parents and teachers, and much, much more!


A Message from Glenda Ritz, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction

Dear Parents and Community Supporters,

During our busy days, finding time to read can be a challenge. I hope that you are able to find the time to read with the young people in your life. The Hoosier Family of Readers is an initiative to build a culture of readers in Indiana. A reading family can be any combination of caring adults and children, reading together at home, a neighborhood library or out of school at places like the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA or scouts.

We encourage all of our reading families to read anything that interests them –including graphic novels, non-fiction books, magazines, and newspapers – whether online or in print. We suggest that they:

  • Read with someone
  • Read to someone
  • Share with someone what he/she has read
  • Listen to someone read
  • Help others read
  • Read independently

Our Hoosier Family of Readers welcomes the Indiana National Guard as our new reading partner in Books & Boots. Active duty members of the National Guard are going to schools around Indiana to help students read and learn! We are happy to welcome them to our Hoosier Family of Readers.

If you are a member of a community group wanting to help with this reading initiative, please contact hoosierreaders@doe.in.gov and let us know about your group and how you would like to support the Hoosier Family of Readers.

Remember, a reader is not simply someone who can read; a reader is someone who does read.

Glenda Ritz
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction