Ready to Learn

Ready to Learn is an early literacy initiative of the Oklahoma Literacy Resource Office in partnership with the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA). The effort celebrates literacy, promotes family reading, and provides early literacy training and information to parents and child care providers.

The Ready to Learn initiative has three primary focuses:

  • Distribute books to preschool children at risk for low literacy
  • Provide parents with activities and story extension ideas
  • Coordinate the annual Read Across Oklahoma reading celebration

Read Together with Ms. Kelley


Kelley Riha, with the Metro Library System and Friends of the Oklahoma Center for the Book, reads Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and The Little Red Hen in these two 5-minute videos filmed at the Literacy Resource Office at ODL.

The videos introduce ways to ask questions, make observations,and invite conversations when reading books with children to promote learning fun. Parents, teachers, and librarians… We encourage you to use these videos for ideas. Reading, using interaction in this way, will help support young children’s developing thinking skills and inspire a lifelong love of reading.

The videos are also fun for little ones to watch!

Book Distribution

Brown Bear, Brown Bear book paintings

The Westwood Elementary pre-k children in Mrs. George’s class painted beautiful pictures after reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Each child received a personal copy of the book provided by ODL’s Ready to Learn program.

Each month the Oklahoma Literacy Resource Office distributes more than 1,400 books to preschool children throughout the state. Schools selected for this opportunity serve children at risk for low literacy. The goal of this Ready to Learn focus is to place books into the hands of children who may never have owned a book of their own and to help children build home libraries.

Books are provided thanks to a number of sponsors including the Krueger Charitable Foundation, Target, local Rotary Clubs, and Delta Theta Chi sorority.



Reading Activities for Parents

Along with the monthly book distributions, children receive activity sheets to take home. These Ready to Learn Fun Stuff activity sheets provide parents and children with games, songs, coloring pages, and even recipes that enhance the specific books given away. Parents are encouraged to make reading at home a fun priority.

Tips for Reading

Tips for Reading with Children

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Ready to Learn Fun Sheets

For information and reading activities, visit:PBS Kids.

Learn more about the Read Across Oklahoma event.