Reading Together, No Matter What:
A Message from our CEO on COVID-19

March 16, 2020

In these uncertain times as we all face new challenges presented by COVID-19, we are thinking of our military families who continue to serve. In particular, we have seen National Guard units across the country activated to respond, separating military families yet again in service to the nation. As always, United Through Reading stands ready to support them.

United Through Reading is tracking the evolving situation across the country and around the world. We hope no matter where you are, you are taking care of yourself and your loved ones.

Every year, United Through Reading connects tens of thousands of military families through the read aloud experience, with positive effects on children and parents. But we want every single military family to have the benefit of UTR. This is especially important now.

In order to reach every military family, last year we developed the United Through Reading App, which puts our Story Station in the hands of every military family through your phone. The United Through Reading App is a fun, free, and secure way to stay connected through the read aloud experience.

Servicemembers download the App (through the Apple App Store or Google Play), record a story, share that story and then head to our site to get another book to record and send to family. We hope you can take time to connect with each other through the App, even in these difficult times.

Your support of United Through Reading directly impacts our ability to sustain and communicate our incredible resources to military families, creating connections between parents and children through the read aloud experience. This work is critical and must continue – now more than ever.

Thank you for your support of United Through Reading as we unite military families facing physical separation through the bonding experience of reading aloud, no matter the distance or situation.




Sally Ann Zoll, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer



United Through Reading has a critical role in keeping military families connected and resilient while supporting the educational development and emotional wellness of military children during this time of uncertainty and heightened anxiety in our world.

During this time we are:

How United Through Reading is Supporting Families

A Reminder That Daddy Is Okay During COVID-19

Bringing Respite to the Gilbert Family during Coronavirus Crisis

Fawley Family Reads Together Amidst COVID-19

United Through Reading in the News

How United Through Reading Makes Storytime Special –

How to Connect Grandparents and Family Through Story Time – We Are The Mighty

Creating Family Connections Through Literature – Fort Meade Soundoff

22 Easy Ways to Keep Kids Occupied During Lockdown – Jo, My Gosh

7 Resources to Help Your Military Child Adjust to Military Life – MilSpouseFest