Why Equity and Inclusion are Important to SMART Reading 

Literacy is a foundational skill that fosters joy and opportunity for children – and right now, far too many Oregon kids are not meeting reading benchmarks, which makes it more challenging for them to succeed in school and beyond. SMART Reading was established to improve reading outcomes for Oregon kids, helping them develop literacy skills, self-confidence, and a love of reading. 

All children deserve to be included, safe, accepted and celebrated. They deserve to see their lives and families represented in books. Most of all, every child  – regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, family’s economic situation, ability, or any other factor – should be able to access the same pathways to learning, happiness and success.

To read our full equity statement, please click here.

Our Mission: To spark joy and opportunity through the magic of a shared book. 

Our Vision: An Oregon where all children can realize their full potential through reading.