What We Do
Read On Wisconsin (ROW) is a state-wide literacy program, initially created by former Wisconsin First Lady Jessica Doyle and currently administered by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, that promotes high-quality books for children and teens. Each month features one or more Read On Wisconsin titles for children and teens in five different age-level groups.
The Read On Wisconsin Literacy Advisory Committee – a talented group of teachers, librarians and other child and literacy specialists from across the state – meets annually in May to select the Read On Wisconsin monthly titles for each age group. Committee members read, discuss then select the ROW titles from a preliminary list of books. ROW titles are chosen from a list curated by the CCBC librarians which includes suggestions from LAC members.
The goal of ROW is to encourage children and teens to think and to talk about what they are reading, or what is being read to them. We offer early literacy activities for the Babies, Toddlers, and Preschooler titles and discussion questions to help start conversation for the school age groups . We also link to TeachingBooks.net which offers many hundreds of resources for the ROW titles. Visit our Pinterest or follow us on Twitter to keep updated about titles, resources and activities. We hope you’ll choose these books as read-alouds or book discussion selections, feature them in displays, or highlight them in other ways as you connect Wisconsin children and teens with books in your library or classroom.
The CCBC’s partners for Read On Wisconsin include the Division of Media, Educational Resources and Information Technology (MERIT) of the School of Education at the UW-Madison; the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Division for Libraries and Technology; and TeachingBooks.net. The Youth Services Section of the Wisconsin Library Association is a Read On Wisconsin sponsor.