Growing Moore Readers


Growing Moore Readers unites families and community partners to make every moment a brain building moment for children in our community. We work together to ensure all children in Moore County achieve the most important predictor of long term success - grade-level reading by the end of the third grade.


Read Across America Day - For Read Across America Day, March 2nd of every year, GMR holds a bracket competition called "Reading Ruckus" for local child care facilities. Similar to March Madness, a men's basketball single-elimination tournament, the competition consists of 8 completing early childhood books. Children in individual classrooms predict which books they think they will like the most and turn in their brackets.  Each day 2 books compete against each other and the classrooms will decide which one was their favorite.  The book with the most votes wins that day.  This continues until the last book is chosen and there is a winner. Click below to view the flyers for this years Reading Ruckus. 

Informational Flyer
Summer Reading Stations - To combat the summer/COVID reading slide for children, GMR establishes outdoor reading stations at various locations in Moore County during the summer months. These stations offer children a new age-appropriate book, a STEAM activity, drinks and snacks, and provide valuable information and resources to their caregivers.  Stations consist of paid interns and volunteers to help guide families on the importance of reading and spending time together everyday.  Storytellers can often be seen reading to families as they visit the sites.  For more information on the Summer Reading Stations, click the links below. 

Informational Flyer

Internship Application - All positions filled for 2023

Volunteer Information

Impact Reports for  2021   2022   2023

2022 Summer Reading Station Video

Sponsorship Information

SRS Sponsorship

If you are interested in sponsoring a site please contact Nancy Bryant at 910-692-5954 or

If you are interested in donating to the Summer Reading Stations please click below. 

GMR SRS Donate Today

GMR Lunch & Learn - October 
National Family Literacy Month - November


Want to learn more about the history and work of Growing Moore Readers? Take a look at our Community Solutions Action Plan


New science tells us that children's first five years are when they develop the foundation for all future learning. All the cooing, toe-counting, and eye-gazing is brain fertilizer, and every time we connect with children, it's not just their eyes that light up - it's their brains, too! Growing Moore Readers recognizes that parents and other caregivers are the "secret sauce." Visit our Campaign Parent Resources to learn about ways to nurture young children's growing minds. 

Parent Resources


We focus on strategies in three areas that have real potential to drive improvements in early literacy and grade-level reading: school readiness, school attendance, and summer learning. Click here to learn more about our focus areas, strategies and goals. 

3 pillars



We are tracking our progress. Visit our Clear Impact Scorecard to learn more about the state of the child in Moore County, local literacy initiatives, and progress toward our Campaign goals.

Clear Impact Score Card



In 2012, over 20 community partners created Southern Pines Grows Great Readers. After much hard work and success in increasing literacy for children from low-income families in Southern Pines, the group was honored with a 2015 National Pacesetter Award, one of the highest distinctions presented by the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Now, we are taking their efforts to scale and moving this successful city-level initiative county-wide.



This work is based on the belief that children, families, and schools cannot succeed alone. Click here for more information on our current partners and ways to get involved.