Motheread/Fatheread® Hawai‘i is a nationally acclaimed family literacy program aimed at promoting literacy and increasing communication within families.

Motheread/Fatheread® Hawai‘i has been turning parents and children in Hawai’i preschools and elementary schools on to the joy of reading since 1999.  Affiliated with the award-winning national Motheread® program and in partnership with Title I elementary schools and others serving low-income parents, Motheread/Fatheread® Hawai‘i improves reading skills so children can be more successful in school and become better readers, thinkers, learners, and problem solvers.  It also strengthens ties between parent and child.

How the program works is parents meet in small groups led by a trained Motheread/Fatheread® facilitator to read children’s books and discuss the themes found in them.  By the end of the session, parents are prepared to take the books home and share them with their family as opposed to just reading them.

Parents who participate are often surprised to discover how much their children look forward to the time they spend together sharing a book and the ideas this interaction brings to life.  Through the reading and discussion of award-winning children’s literature, parents learn to become reading role models for their children, to initiate meaningful discussions about books, and improve their parenting and literacy skills.

For more information contact Robert Chang at  732-5402 ext. 3 or read@hihumanities.org.