PARP: Pick A Reading Partner (or Parents as Reading Partners)

Coordinator: Cindy Caraballo

The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane Audio Version

What is PARP?

Learning to read is the single most important activity in a child’s education. Studies show that children who read at home are better prepared to succeed in formal education.

PARP is a program that asks a partner (parent, grandparent, babysitter, older sibling, cousin, friend, etc.) to read with a child for at least 15 minutes daily, stressing the fact that reading can be fun as well as informative. The choice of reading materials can vary from books to anything with printed words. The daily activity of reading together strengthens reading and communication skills in the child and strengthens their relationship.

PARP is a program that cements the necessary bond between the home and the school to encourage love of reading in our children. It was developed in 1978 by the late State Senator James Donovan, Chairman of the State Senate Education Committee. In 1987 the New York State PTA was asked to assume the program’s helm, and since then has administered the program. The program was originally named Parents As Reading Partners but was changed in 2015.

On January 26, we will be launching this new and exciting program.  As part of this program, all elementary school families will be receiving the same book to read together as a community. 
You will receive a reading schedule, and asked to spend about 15 minutes a day reading the book together.  (Your family will be receiving a copy of the book and materials in Spanish.).  In addition, an audio reading of every chapter will be posted to our website, should you need this option on any given day.  We will be discussing the book in school, so we encourage your family to participate.  If you have any questions please reach out to Cindy Caraballo at

Email us if you'd like to volunteer for PARP or have questions about the program.

Visit NYSPTA to learn more.

Reading Schedule