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Pick a Reading Partner (PARP)

Welcome to Pick a Reading Partner


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.

PARP Program and PARP Toolkit

PARP Program

PARP programs vary in length—as little as two weeks or as long as six weeks or more. The time frame is entirely up to you. There is no annual or required theme – you create your own. Each program is meant to be unique and creative. PARP programs can run at little to no cost and may be simple or elaborate. It is a voluntary effort coordinated by the school, PTA, local library or community organization and includes parents, students, administrators, teachers, staff and community members in a collaborative partnership focusing on reading.

NYS PTA has created the Pick A Reading Partner (PARP) Toolkit which provides all the necessary materials you will need to run a successful program. This is helpful for those who are creating a first-time program and for those who run a PARP program annually.To the right are the sections of this Toolkit. There are suggestions on themes, programs, activities as well as sample letters, calendars, fliers and past NYS winners. To make it easier, some of the sections are in word format for you to copy, paste and use in your program.

PARP Award


New York State PTA sponsors region PARP awards annually, from which a statewide winning PARP program is selected. Only New York State PTA units, schools (including pre-schools, non-PTA schools, non-public schools, middle schools and high schools), public libraries, community and parent groups are eligible to apply.

Each PTA Region will choose one outstanding program from applications to be judged by NYS PTA. The state PARP winner will receive two free registrations for the NYS PTA Convention and a plaque presented at the convention. The award-winning application will also become part of the Pick A Reading Partner Toolkit available on this website.

The PARP Award Application is available in January and due to your Region Director (they should not be sent to NYS PTA) by June 15. For more information about the PARP Award please click HERE.


Congratulations to the 2017 PARP Award Winners:

NYS PARP Winner:

  • Dodge Elementary PTA (Western Region) – "Super Dodgers!"

Region PARP Winners:

  • Garden City PTA (Nassau Region) – "Blast Off to Reading"
  • Huth Road Elementary PTA (Niagara Region) – "Exploring galaxies of idea. Launch into a book and read"
  • Perkins School PTA (Genesee Valley Region) – "Start a New Adventure Every Time You Open a Book"
  • Rensselaer Park Elementary PTA (Northeastern Region) – "Reading Road Trip"
  • Tamarac Elementary School PTA (Suffolk Region) – "Rock & Read PARP Tour"