Read United

Read United by United Way of the Ocoee Region

Research shows that reading to young children (ages 6 months to 5 years) not only provides healthy bonding time for parents and children, it also offers many lifelong benefits, including Increased vocabulary, curiosity, and memory, opportunities to build listening skills, and a strong foundation for academic success. That’s why we’re so proud to provide programs like Imagination Library and Read 20!

Intent on your child’s success, we provide opportunities for parents to Read with their children 20 minutes every day! Whether you sit down and read a free monthly Imagination Library book or listen together to our podcast, Adventures in Reading, we are focused on closing the literacy gap, building family bonds, and strengthening the foundation for early childhood literacy.


Read20The purpose of the First Lady’s READ20 Book Club is to give Tennessee families a fun goal of reading together with their children for 20 minutes every day. One book will be selected each month as the featured “Book of the Month,” but we encourage you to continue reading other books after you’ve finished our featured book.

The book club is for children and families of all ages! Whether a fifth grader reading independently, or a younger child being read to by an adult or older sibling, the featured books will appeal to a broad group of elementary-aged children and their families.


  1. To encourage reading for enjoyment, reading fluency and comprehension
  2. To give families a method of establishing a reading habit with their children for 20 minutes every day
  3. To promote school readiness and reading proficiency
  4. To provide parents with tools and activities to be more engaged with their child’s learning



Each month, any child in Bradley County aged 0-5 can receive a high quality, age appropriate book addressed to them, at absolutely no cost to the child’s family. Our goal is to make sure these books get into as many eligible houses in Bradley County as possible! The only requirements are a Bradley County address and a child aged 0-5 - that’s it! Countless parents have shared how excited their child is when their new book arrives each month, and is a free way to build a foundation for future success. To register for Imagination Library, register here.


Adventures in Reading Season 2

Share precious reading time with your little ones while meeting the recommended 20 minutes a day of reading time with our Adventures in Reading podcast. Each episode features classic book titles that have inspired our imaginations for generations.

Listen to the Podcast Here!