Take 5 and Read!

Take 5 minutes to make a difference that lasts a lifetime!

About the Event

On Friday, May 3rd at 10 a.m., more than 60 “celebrity readers” will brighten the day of over 1,200 young children by Taking 5 Minutes to Read to Kids!

Take 5 and Read to Kids! is part of First 5 Ventura County’s ongoing effort to raise awareness about the importance of reading to young children, share the joy of books, build champions for early literacy, and build a lifetime love of learning.


Give the Gift of Literacy!

Donations from the community allow us to provide a book for each child to take home to build their personal library, click here to make a donation in support of the 2019 Take 5 and Read to Kids event.

Volunteer to Read!

If you would like to volunteer to read to children under 5 years on May 3rd at 10 a.m., please contact Lauren Arzu, larzu@first5ventura.org

Celebrity readers also attend the Kickoff Breakfast in the President’s Courtyard at CSUCI on Friday, April 26th at 8 a.m. At the kickoff, each reader receives detailed information about reading locations and the books that will be read and donated to the classroom.


2018 Event Summary