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Every Day 7,000 Students Drop out of High School in the U.S. Alone. That’s one teen-ager every 26 seconds.
Welcome to Sparking Literacy
“We all are in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” Oscar Wilde
The Problem
There is a literacy crisis. One in four kids in America grows up without learning to read. While 53% of 4th graders say they read for pleasure, only 20% of 8th graders say the same. 25% of high school freshman can’t read the newspaper, let alone their textbooks. Yet, most literacy programs are aimed at younger children.  These teens fall through the cracks.
The Impact
90% of high school dropouts are on welfare.
The link between low literacy and violence is well documented. 3 out of 5 people in prison can’t read.
50% of Americans read so poorly that they can’t perform simple tasks like reading prescription drug labels. Low literacy directly costs the healthcare industry over $70 million.
The Solution
Reading for pleasure improves literacy rates, prevents dropouts, and changes the future for that young person.
We are starting Sparking Literacy book clubs in schools, hosting author events, donating books, and developing audiobooks to help kids with learning disabilities learn to read. Join the movement.

Sparking Literacy inspires middle and high school students to love reading by bringing accomplished authors and their books into classrooms and creating rich, innovative literacy programs. Our programs primarily take place in underserved public schools and after school programs where over 75% of the students are below the poverty line.

OUR STORY

View our Founder’s story to see how it all began!

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OUR MISSION

We are committed to inspiring teens to read, write and follow their dreams.

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TAKE ACTION

Join with Sparking Literacy to help better the lives of teens.

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Author Events

  • Assemblies
  • Classroom visits
  • Writing workshops
  • Improv exercises
  • Drama training
  • Stand Up comedy techniques
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Sparkling Statistics

4 States
58 Schools
4,125 Books Donated
47,200 Students Inspired

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OTHERS SAY

Megan Reinhart

It is with tears in my eyes that I write this. First let me thank you again for your kindness and visit. One of my special needs students came to me yesterday and asked if I would spend my lunch break with him and read to him!  We spent the entire 1/2 hour reading the first several chapters of your book. This morning he came to me and said “Mrs. R, can we shut your door, I want to show you something.” I brought him in my room concerned. He opened up the book and struggled through but read me an entire paragraph! This is the first time in two years that he has even tried to read. I am so please and blessed that Kyle can make that great of an impact in such a short amount of time. Thank you for all that you do, I am sure you will never know all of the lives that have been touched by your speaking to young students.

Aubrey Davey

Teacher and Parent

Heard you speak Saturday in Panama City. You autographed a book to my son Cade. He HATES reading at ten years old. He is through chapter one of The Sparks and I had to wrestle the book out of his hand!

Thank you for writing a BOY story that he can visualize! He’s so excited to read about ninjas and assassin’s! Thank you for giving him this adventure.

30% of 8th graders in the U.S. won’t finish high school. In some urban areas, it’s 50%. Let’s change this.