Book it for Books 5K Run/1-Mile Walk!  Sign up now!
January 2016
Registration is open! April 30, 2016
Attention serious and not-so-serious runners (including kids)!  Support RIF of NOVA at the "Book it For Books" 5K Run/One-Mile Fun Walk. Registration is now open at: or via our website:

April 30, 2016 is the date to run, walk, have fun, and help buy books for needy kids in our area.  The event will take place at 8:00 am at Burke Lake Park in Fairfax Station, VA.  Form a team!  Bring your family!  We hope to see you there!
Can't run?  Be a race sponsor!

Be a "Pulitizer Prize" winner -- our top sponsorship level!  Or sign up as a "Best Seller!"  Book it for Books needs sponsors -- individuals or businesses -- to make our race a success!  Each sponsorship level offers a variety of benefits to donors.  For sponsorship information or to volunteer to help with the race, please email:

Join our early sponsors at the "Hardback" level:  Alexandria's Whole Dogz doggie daycare, boarding, and grooming salon and C & T Beauty Salon in Falls Church.  Also supporting the race:  Jimmy Johns of Leesburg and Illusions Salon of Shirlington.  (By the way, RIF board members can personally recommend each of these businesses!)  Jane Palmer, sister of board member Mia Mason, has signed on at the "Paperback" level!  Thank you all!!!!
Meanwhile, in our schools...
PJ's + a new RIF book = cozy good fun!
Polk Elementary

There's nothing like a new book, especially when you can read it in your jammies.  Just ask the kids at Polk Elementary in the City of Alexandria!  RIF of NOVA supplied the books, and the school supplied the event:  Pajama Day-Curl Up with a RIF Book.  From the looks on these faces, it's even better when you can display your new book selection with a couple of friends!
Mt Ver. close up
Mount Vernon Woods

PJ-clad first graders at Mount Vernon Woods in Fairfax County looked for just the perfect book during Pajama Day in December.  RIF school liaison Brooke Williams shared a reading of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas while the children consulted with each other about just which RIF book to choose!
For 5th graders at Yorkshire Elementary in Prince William County...
camping w ranger
...a camping trip was the theme for the school's RIF book distribution.  The highlight of the day was a visit by a Prince Wiliiam County Park Service ranger.  As you can see, there were dozens of questions!
camping tent
And then the children settled down for some tent-side reading with a good RIF book.  The best news at Camp Read-A-Lot:  The children could read in peace because there were no mosquitoes!
RIF Board News...It's a Family Tradition
JJ (Justina) Head and her mom Gloria Johnson are more than a mother-daughter duo. Both serve on the RIF of NOVA board -- JJ as co-president and Gloria as RIF area chair for Arlington County Schools.  Joined by JJ's two daughters, the family works together "to ensure that less-fortunate children have the opportunity to choose new books to call their own."  For the full story on this multi-generational RIF of NOVA family, please go to:
Did you know?
  • The only behavior measure that correlates significantly with reading scores is the number of books in the home. 
  • An analysis of a national data set of nearly 100,000 U.S. schoolchildren found that access to printed materials--and not poverty--is the "critical variable affecting reading acquisition."
  • Even a child who hails from a home with 25 books will, on average, complete two more years of school than would a child from a home without any books at all.
Buy books for kids with a quick click!
Buy books for needy children every time you buy via Amazon!  Amazon -- through its affiliated program AmazonSmile -- will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to RIF of NOVA each time you make a purchase.  Once you click on Amazon Smile, enter Reading is Fundamental of Northern Virginia, Inc. as your charity.  From then on, with a quick click, you can help buy books without lifting another finger!  Easy peasey, lemon squeezy!
Holiday campaign update : A big thank you from RIF of NOVA...

Thank you to the more than 100 donors who gave to RIF of NOVA during our holiday fund-raising campaign.  Through your generosity, RIF of NOVA is able to provide books for needy children in the City of Alexandria and in Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William Counties.  Your donation makes you a part of a very important "book group!"  Since its founding, RIF of NOVA has donated over a million books to underprivileged kids in our area. 

New!  You can now give on our website via PayPal.  Thank you! 
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