Our Mission

To facilitate supportive relationships for children through family and friends reading aloud with them.

Our Vision

That all children will feel the security of caring adult relationships and develop a love of reading through the read-aloud experience.

Who We Are

Reading Legacies is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in San Diego, California providing resources and programming to foster supportive relationships for children through family and friends reading aloud to them through different avenues!

For 15 years, Reading Legacies has been working to bring families together through a shared love of reading and the read-aloud experience. 

To date, close to 70,000 children, youth, adults, and seniors have benefitted from our programs which strengthen relationships and build connections. 

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Who We Serve

Our mission at Reading Legacies is to facilitate supportive relationships for children through family and friends reading aloud with them. 

We accomplish this through our four programs: 

Book Bridges – Connecting families separated by incarceration and/or addiction recovery

Youth Readers – Providing youth leadership and service opportunities through reading to children or seniors in their neighborhoods

First Teachers – Encouraging parents in their role as their children’s first teachers

Storybook Inspirations – Fostering intergenerational relationships via recorded story time. 

Lincoln High Footballers Reading to Kids

Our Programs

Reading together strengthens relationships

Using reading as a way to say, "I love You"

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Mother and Program Beneficiary

“My son was extremely proud of the book afterward, carrying it around with him everywhere. He then later decided to re-read the book to his baby brother!”

Father and
Program Beneficiary

“This is priceless… It actually touches my children, unlike other means… Anytime they pick up a book they, will remember that I took the time to care enough to read to them. Please continue to bring our kids a smile.”

Program Volunteer

“Volunteering for Reading Legacies comes with an invisible badge of honor that I wear proudly on my heart. Knowing that through the book an inmate reads and the video of him reading it, a bond with his child is made and sustained.”

3 Steps You Can Take

To Positively Impact the Life Of A Child

1. Donate

Your contribution helps bring families together through the magic of reading. These experiences make an important difference in the lives of children.

Click here to make a contribution today. 

2. Volunteer

Our work would not be possible without the dedication of our incredible volunteers. Whether you’re a parent, a student, or just looking to give back to your community, we’ll help you find a volunteer role that’s right for you. 

Click here to learn about our current volunteer opportunities. 

3. Make a Lasting Impact

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, thousands of children are read to through our programs each year. All of our donors and volunteers receive our quarterly and annual reports to stay up-to-date on the impact they’ve made in the lives of children and families. 

Click here to view our 2022 Annual Report.

Empowering the Generation of the Future, one story at a time....

Join us in reshaping families through the power of reading

Nicole Vargas

My name is Nicole Vargas. I joined the Reading Legacies team in January 2023. I have a BA in Child Development from Point Loma Nazarene University and 6 years’ experience working with children from ages infancy to adolescence. My role as the Storybook Readers Program Manager is to oversee the programing and implementation of our Youth Readers and Storybook Inspirations programs. As a child development professional, I have firsthand experience seeing the immense impact that reading aloud to children has on their early literacy skills and relationship building within the family and community. One of my favorite children’s books is If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff.