Child Literacy - Gift of Reading

$695 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 6 people in 22 months

We got off to a great start in April as we gifted books to children pre-k to 3rd grade at our Leaders are Readers Gift of Reading event.

Our next events are in September for the BACK TO SCHOOL season, and our goal is to “GIFT” books and backpacks to more children by September 1st.

Gifting Knowledge is the Leaders are Readers mission, and WE NEED YOUR HELP to reach our goal.

All contribution amounts are welcome and appreciated, and donors who give $35 and above will be listed (optional) on the thank you page in our upcoming book series.  

Statistics suggest that young males in our urban communities who do not read by 3rd grade are more likely to pursue lifestyles that lead to prison sentences.

Help us turn this around for children!

Please share this opportunity for our children with your networks.  Thank you in advance for your generous contribution and expressed love and support for our babies.


Mykah Montgomery Author / Books

Oakland, CA—Daily, children of all ages and backgrounds are faced with social challenges, increasingly. Moreover, as puberty evolves to adolescence, acceptance is critical and positive self-awareness is fundamental. Statistics suggest that one out of 4 kids is bullied. Statistics also suggest that young males in our urban communities who do not read by 3rd grade are more likely to pursue lifestyles that lead to prison sentences. 

Mykah Montgomery is a single mother and author who passionately advocates for child literacy and anti-bullying.  She firmly believes that leaders are readers and “gifts” books to children in underserved communities via the “Gift of Reading” campaign she spearheaded in Oakland, CA. Mykah has made available inspirational resources that encourage children to enjoy reading with The Little Girl Who Wanted a Tail, (its theme song DIFFERENT), and Isaiah Wants to Read.  We are excited to share that kids from pre-k to 3rd grade are RAVING about them and the life lessons they provide! The Leaders are Readers “Gift of Reading” campaign puts these books that promote a love for reading, a love for self and others (to help eradicate bullying), and entrepreneurship in the hands of children in our communities. 

Mykah’s Gift of Reading Campaign has “gifted” over 200 books in 2016, with the help of sponsors like you.  “It Takes a Village” We need your help to continue this effort, and provide multi-lingual children’s books and resources to our children pre-k to 3rd grade.  No donation is too small, and is greatly appreciated.


Books will be “gifted” to: Individual children / Schools / Libraries

Whereas, $8,000 will help us on a small scale - we aim to exceed this number!

$8,000 will allow us to “gift” books and music, in English, that promote a love of self and others (to help eradicate bullying), a love for reading, and entrepreneurship.

$10,000 - allows us to “gift” books in English and Spanish to children in the Oakland Bay Area.

$15,000 will allow us to “gift” MORE books in English and Spanish to underserved children in the Oakland Bay Area.

$20,000 – will allow us to “gift” EVEN MORE books, and provide additional multi-lingual resources not limited to English and Spanish.

All of our children are precious, and the resources we provide are inclusive and representative of all children.

About the Books

Mykah Montgomery, as mother to Mylaan, her precocious and shy adolescent daughter, came into the knowledge that along with day to day life lessons is the challenge of social acceptance. Mylaan fancied tails from 4-8 years of age—all tails-- and her fascination with them prompted her mother to share their story. The Little Girl Who Wanted a Tail is a book about just that. Coupled with an original song composed by Montgomery, their desire is to address and eradicate the feeling of being “different” despite any childhood preoccupations and pastimes, thus the title of their single, “DIFFERENT”.

Isaiah Wants to Read is a book that encourages children, especially young boys, to enjoy reading. An excerpt from the book reads, “Why does Isaiah like to read? I know other kids who don’t feel the need. Read a book, they’d say. Uh-uh, no way! They’d rather use video games, or go outside and play. Sure, Isaiah likes video games, and he likes to play, but reading is even more fun, he’d say. Reading should not feel like a punishment or something you have to do. It can be fun and exciting when you find books that were made just for you.” 

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$695 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 6 people in 22 months
Created February 16, 2017
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Leslie Jackson
20 months ago

Mykah, I pray that God continues to bless your vision.

Lisa White
21 months ago

Good luck Soror!

Zuora Inc
21 months ago

Mykah, you are doing amazing work with Leaders are Readers. Thanks for being a role model to all ZEOs. This donation is on behalf of Zuora

21 months ago
Anil Vaidya
21 months ago

Thank you for your public service!

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