Family Reading Programs

Through working with teachers, parent educators, early childhood educators, librarians, social service providers, and other literacy professionals, the Minnesota Humanities Center conducts programs and disseminates resources that advance reading and literacy efforts in homes, schools, libraries, child care centers, and communities.


The Humanities Center’s current work in literacy focuses on:

  • A Reading with Dad Initiative, which strives to increase fathers' involvement in the educational lives of their children.
  • Minnesota Storytime Reading Guides, which promote the work of Minnesota authors, illustrators, and publishers. Click here to see the guides
  • Tips for Reading with Children, a guide to help families with young children build strong reading habits, available in 24 languages.  Click here to download the guides
  • Bilingual and heritage language programs, which preserve heritage languages while improving early literacy.  Click here to learn more
  • Authors in Communities, which brings Minnesota authors to schools and libraries in Greater Minnesota

Components of the Reading with Dad Initiative include: