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 and Beverly Cleary Professor for Children and Youth Services, University of Washington (UW)
  • Dr. Rachelle D. Washington, Independent Scholar & Education Consultant, Atlanta, GA
  • Dr. Hala Annabi, Assoc. Professor, Information School, University of Washington (UW)
  • Dr. Gloria Boutte, Professor and Founder of Center of Excellence for the Education and Equity of African American Students (CEEEAAS), College of Education, University of South Carolina (USC)
  • Dr. Clayton Copeland, Instructor and Director and Founder of the Laboratory for Leadership in the Equity of Access and Diversity (LLEAD), School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), USC
  • Dr. Michael Eisenberg, Professor and Dean Emeritus, UW Information School
  • Michael Hare, Certified Pharmacy Technician, Palmetto Baptist Hospital, Columbia, SC
  • Heather McCue, Youth Services Librarian, Richland Library, Columbia, SC
  • Dr. Nancy Tolson, Assistant Director of African American Studies, USC, Columbia, SC
  • Anthony Young, City Council, Anacortes, WACarolina.