Read Greenville

Read Greenville is a community wide awareness program designed to help spread the word about the importance of reading daily. Through a collaborative partnership with local organizations, Read Greenville educates the community about the importance of literacy, provides strategies and ideas for engaging children and adults, and gives the tools necessary to create a literacy filled world for our residents.

As part of Read Greenville, Greenville County citizens and supporters are asked to advocate for and take part in reading daily. Businesses, schools, nonprofits, and organizations will be asked to participate by encouraging their families, employees, and clients to pick up a book! Also, people are asked to post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram what they are reading and tag with #ReadGreenville.


Interested in receiving books from Greenville First Steps to distribute to families or clients at your organization? Looking for high quality books to add to your classroom library?

Fill out this form to request FREE high quality and high interest books for your center. A volunteer from our partner, Christ Church Episcopal Church, will follow up with you.

Childcare Read Greenville Reading Challenge

At Greenville First Steps, we know how important early and frequent exposure to books is for our students. The more books we can put in front of them, the more they will achieve. To help support our childcare centers in early literacy, we are excited to launch this Spring reading challenge. We have developed a fun program that includes great prizes for your classrooms, and requires very little staff time to operate.

How it works: Childcare classrooms elect to participate in the reading challenge. Each classroom has a log to track the number of books the class reads. When the class reaches the goal, the center staff visits and uploads the reading log. Greenville First Steps staff will review submissions and get classroom prizes to you. More than one classroom may participate, but please submit a form for each classroom separately to ensure each room receives a prize!

March reading challenge: Give me 20!

The class must read (or have read to them) a total of 20 books per child in the classroom. So, if your classroom has 20 children, the total classroom goal for the month of March is 400 books (20 books x 20 children = 400 books)

Timeframe: March 1-31. Come back to to upload reading log by April 5.

March prize: $200 GIFT CARD per participating classroom to The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Gift cards can be used towards admission for future classroom visits. Please note, prizes available while supplies last. Gift Card has no cash value and cannot be traded in for other prizes.

How to participate:

  1. Download information and forms including Reading Log and Progress thermometer.
  2. Watch recording of March 2nd webinar with information about the reading challenge.
  3. Ensure that the classroom reads 20 books per child and record activity on Reading Log
  4. Review FAQs
  5. Upload completed reading log and program information for each classroom (you need to complete a submission for each classroom separately)
  6. First Steps will review submissions and mail gift cards to approved classrooms on a revolving basis while supplies last.

Questions?  Email Gracie Gilliam, Greenville First Steps Project Coordinator.