United Through Reading connects military families who are separated —for deployment or military assignment—by providing the bonding experience of shared storytime.

United Through Reading was founded in 1989 to keep military families reading together, no matter the distance between them. Families stay connected through storytime video recordings and books sent to military families. These stories ease the stress of time apart due to military duty, maintain positive emotional connections, and cultivate a love of reading and early childhood literacy.

United Through Reading still stands strong and proven. More than 3 million military mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, older siblings, and children have sustained bonds and fostered literacy by sharing stories across even the greatest distances. Service members and veterans can record a story for their loved ones at more than 200 United Through Reading recording locations worldwide, as well as on their mobile device with our free mobile reading app.

Our Mission:

Together, we unite military families facing physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading aloud.

Our Vision:

A nation of resilient families with a shared love for reading.

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United Through Reading is recognized as a Guidestar Platinum Seal of Transparency Participant and is rated a 4-Star Charity Navigator Rating.