Read-a-Rama uses children’s and YA books as the springboard for all hands-on programming and seeks to eradicate illiteracy one child and one book at a time.

Welcome to the Read-a-Rama® website! Read-a-Rama® programming began in 2001 as an outreach project for the Children’s Literature classes of Dr. Michelle H. Martin, then English faculty at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. Read-a-Rama® programs use children’s and Young Adult books as the springboard for all fully-engaged programming activities and teach kids to “live books.”

In 2009, Dr. Martin teamed up with Dr. Rachelle D. Washington, then Education faculty at Clemson, and they created Camp Read-a-Rama®, day camps that offer week-long fun, themed literacy immersion experiences. When Dr. Martin became the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair in Childhood Literacy at the University of South Carolina, Read-a-Rama® moved with her. Camps took place in Clemson from 2009-2012 and in Columbia from 2012-2014. 

In the Spring 2015, Read-a-Rama® became a 501(c)(3), and the non-profit received federal trademarking in Spring 2016. In the fall of 2016, Dr. Martin became the Beverly Cleary Professor for Children and Youth Services at the University of Washington in Seattle, where Read-a-Rama® is now putting down roots.  Plans are underway to establish Read-a-Rama® as a nation-wide program that will help rid the U.S. of illiteracy one child and one book at a time.

Vision Statement

Read-a-Rama is a non-profit that uses books for children and young adults as the springboard for all program activities. We provide fully-engaged programming year-round that seeks to improve literacy, particularly for children most in need of literacy intervention.

Board Members

Dr. Michelle H. Martin, Board Chair & Beverly Cleary Professor for Children & Youth Services, University of Washington

Dr. Rachelle D. Washington, Board Vice Chair & Executive Director of First Year, Student Life and Honors Programs, Allen University

Dr. Gloria S. Boutte, Professor of Education, University of South Carolina

Dr. Bruce Cole, Business Consultant & Entrepreneur

Dr. Clayton Copeland, Faculty, University of South Carolina

Michael D. Hare, Pharmacist’s Assistant, Baptist Hospital

Heather McCue, Librarian, Richland Library

Dr. Nancy D. Tolson, Assistant Director for African American Studies, University of South Carolina

Professor of Education & Director, Center for the Education and Equity of African American Students, University of South Carolina.