Presented by:
Humanities Washington
Local Partner: Libraries, Nonprofits Subject: K-12 Education, Literacy Audience: Children and Families

Children’s books aren’t always child’s play— they can inspire important philosophical discussions on topics such as fairness, greed, courage, and compassion.

Humanities Washington’s Prime Time Family Reading program inspires active thought and conversation between children and families through reading, boosting long-term academic achievement, and building and lasting connections with local libraries. The program is delivered in partnership with schools and libraries throughout the state, and primarily serves at-risk children and families.

During a series of six weekly sessions held in the evenings at public libraries, children hear stories from a skilled storyteller, then discuss the book’s ethical and cultural themes with the help of a scholar and their families. The program is also available in a bilingual format.