Dreaming Big

We’ve teamed up with mom, author and Gold-Medal Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi to support childhood literacy.

Kristi Yamaguchi knows where dreams can take you. Dreams have the power to inspire—when you also have the tools to succeed.

Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation was founded to inspire underserved children to reach for their dreams through innovative reading programs, and by advancing the cause of early childhood literacy.

Now, during National Reading Month, you can help us fuel the Foundation’s efforts by taking our 20-20 Reading Challenge. For every family who signs up this March, we’ll donate 20 books to Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation, which currently serves 64 classrooms in 15 schools, impacting 1,600 students every school year.

All you have to do is sign up and take the challenge to read to your kids 20 minutes a day.

A champion for family reading time

As a children’s book author and mother of two, Kristi Yamaguchi is a passionate champion of reading together at home.

“As a mom, it has always been part of our family’s routine to spend time reading together. Research has shown that children who were read to at least three times a week by a family member were almost twice as likely to score in the top 25 percent in reading compared to children who were read to less than three times a week*,” said Kristi Yamaguchi. “More than half of children are showing up to their kindergarten classrooms unprepared for school, and if this little bit of time every day can make a difference in my children’s future academic success and confidence, I am all in!”

We wholeheartedly agree. Reading to your children is one of the most important things you can do to unlock their potential as readers and learners.** We’re excited to partner with Kristi Yamaguchi’s Foundation, and we hope that you’ll join us in dreaming big.

Take the challenge before March 31st at leapfrog.com/challenge

*West, J., Flanagan, K. D., Germino-Hausken, E., National Center for Education Statistics., & United States. (2000).

**Bus, A.G., M.H. van Ijzendoorn, & A.D. Pelligrini. 1995. Joint book reading makes for success in learning to read: A meta-analysis on intergenerational transmission of literacy.

Review of Educational Research 65: 1–21.