Homeless Programming
What HAPPY Reading Has for Me

How can literacy help those who are homeless?

Reading can be the beginning of something wonderful for those experiencing homelessness or it can be the continuation of the best part of what was.

In working with homeless children and families over the years, many have shared that the hardest part of leaving their old lives behind was losing beloved items… like favorite books. Gifting those well-loved books or sharing stories aloud can be so very healing for those who have experienced the trauma of life disrupted, sometimes violently. The problems introduced in stories and the creativity of the characters in solving them can provide insight, hope and resilience when it is most needed.

Sometimes, the life challenges that led to homelessness are also challenges that meant parents weren’t involved or that families weren’t bonded successfully. The right books can help. Training for parents in how to be literacy role models and capable tutors for their own children is family-affirming and sometimes life-altering in all the best ways.

Whether in an emergency shelter or a long-term, transitional facility, there is a role for literacy in helping people to conquer their challenges and look to the future with courage.

HAPPY Transitions is programming specifically designed for programs that help the homeless. To learn more about how we can help, you may go to:


You may also contact us with your specific needs or questions.

We hope that you’ll also consider how our recommended books, inspiring articles and instructional materials can help you to help those you serve as they are dealing with homelessness.

To sample the FREE samples, go to:


All visitors have access to the sample materials, but only registered members have access to the full library of thousands of downloadable pages… which we improve and increase over time.

To find our Books we recommend for reading aloud, go to:


Consulting Services

We can help you to create or improve a family literacy program to serve families who have experienced homelessness.  This might include reading aloud, training for parents, (re)building personal libraries, or tutoring, for example.  For more information, please see Consulting and Program Creation.  You may also write to us directly at lovebooks@happyreading.org


Registering as a member gives you the satisfaction of knowing you’ve joined a community of educators, learners, leaders and book lovers who are all about exploring better and more effective ways to coach learners to greater success. When you are at work, HAPPY Reading will be available to work alongside you to help reach higher goals. When you’re not at work, HAPPY Reading will be working steadily to bring you more stories of excellence and creative approaches to learning that will be ready when you are. Join us.

Becoming a registered member costs just pennies a day, per student. Some people spend more than this amount on a single book that may have much more limited use. You can purchase up to three years of membership at the low, introductory price. Schools and divisions may also purchase for up to three years at this same per-license rate. And referring friends, colleagues, other schools or other divisions can lead to even greater benefits for you and for them.

Special introductory price: $39.99. To register: http://happyreading.org/Register.aspx

We are HAPPY to entertain any questions:register@happyreading.org