BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) is a signature children’s literacy program of the SAG Foundation designed to provide an opportunity for performers, gifted in the art of storytelling, to help develop a love of reading in children and give back to their local communities.

Research shows that one of the best predictors of children’s success in learning to read is being read to aloud. BookPALS was founded on the premise that children must be exposed to reading aloud to develop a love of reading.

Every month SAG Foundation BookPALS read to more than 60,000 children in Title I public schools, hospitals, libraries, and social service agencies. The SAG Foundation operates BookPALS branches in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, New England, Florida, and Arizona.

If you are a performer and would like to become a BookPAL or you are a teacher or principal who would like to request a BookPAL for your classroom, contact us through your local branch listed here.

In addition to BookPALS, the SAG Foundation also serves a worldwide audience through its children’s literacy website Storyline Online.