Ready to Get Started?

Recording a Video

  1. Make an appointment with your UTR Site Coordinator. You can find that person by emailing If using the app, login with to get started.
  2. Select a book that is the appropriate reading level for your child and that they will enjoy. Consider an upcoming birthday or milestone you may miss. UTR volunteers are prepared to guide you through this process or check out our book list.
  3. Read through the book first to familiarize yourself with the story. Think about adding personal experiences or using funny voices to engage your child.
  4. Remember to turn the book towards the camera while you are reading so the children can see the illustrations.
  5. Sit down and relax, look at the camera, and enjoy a moment of normalcy while you bond with your child!
  6. If using our app, send a physical copy of the book home using our app book order form.

Book List

The United Through Reading book list includes books that have been sent to our story stations over the last year. United Through Reading selects books using recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, our partners at First Book, and other high profile associations in the education field. The books we select have positive messaging that reflects our organization’s ethos and are books that we know service members will want to read. The engaging, compelling, and fun stories that are sure to resonate with military children.