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Pick a Reading Partner (PARP)

NYS PTA PARP Conference

When: March 19, 2016

Where: Melville Marriott (Long Island)

Click here to register for the PARP Conference.

Click here to download the PARP Conference Registration Packet (PDF).

Pick A Reading Partner (PARP) is a collaborative effort among parents, staff and the community to build a reading partnership between the home and the school.

PARP programs encourage parents (adults) to read with their children for at least 15 minutes per day. 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 achieve in school and in life. Research indicates that children who read – succeed.

The PARP Conference is open to everyone interested in sharing and encouraging the joys of family reading activities.

Here’s some of what’s happening at the conference:

Keynote speaker: Pam Allyn, Executive Director & Chief Storyteller, LitWorld, “Every Child is a Super Reader: 7 Strengths to Open a World of Possible”

Workshops include:

  • How to PARP: The Secrets to Running a Successful PARP Program
  • Region Winners Tell All
  • Reading in a Techie-Driven World
  • Expand PARP Programs Beyond the Early Years
  • Public Libraries: Your Passport to Reading
  • Leveraging Bilingualism as an Asset in the Life of a Child
  • Literacy: A Foundation for Success
  • Unlock Your Reading DNA
  • Q&A Session

This is a conference for parents, teachers, administrators and librarians. All current and future PARP Chairs should attend, as there are workshops for the first-timer and the seasoned PARP person.

March is the perfect time to start thinking about next year (even if you are still planning one or just finished doing one). We hope you will join us!

Conference exhibitor information can be found on the Exhibitors/Sponsors Page.

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 parents to read with their children for at least fifteen 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 also strengthens the parent/child relationship. Note: The term ‘parents’ may be interpreted broadly to include all adults who play an important role in a child’s life.

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.

PARP Program and other Literacy Resources

PARP ProgramA PARP Program can be run at little or no cost. It is a voluntary effort of the school/ local community which includes parents, students, administrators, teachers and staff in a collaborative partnership whose focus is 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. In the right column of this page are the sections of this toolkit. 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 residents 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 Parents as Reading Partners Toolkit available on this web site.

PARP Award Application is available in January and due to your region director by June 15. For more information about the PARP Award please click here.


Congratulations to the 2015 PARP Award Winners:

NYS PARP Winner:

  • Bridgeport Elementary PTA (Central Region) - “Kingdom of Character, Where Royal Readers are Leaders”

Region PARP Winners:

  • Evans Park Elementary PTA (Central Hudson Region) – “Western”
  • Holmes Road Elementary PTA (Genesee Valley Region) – “Ride the Reading Railroad”
  • West Leyden Elementary PTA (Leatherstocking Region) – “Every Hero Has a Story”
  • Huth Road Elementary PTA (Niagara Region) – “Help your team succeed. Tackle a book and read!”
  • Oceanside School #5 PTA (Nassau Region) – “Lights Camera READ”
  • Whitney Point PTA (Southeast Region) – “Campout with a Good Book”
  • James Prendergast Library (Southwest Region) – “Summer Reading Challenge”
  • Signal Hill Elementary PTA (Suffolk Region) – “Winter Wonderland PARP 2015 Blizzard Warning: A Flurry of Books is Coming to Signal Hill”
  • Heim Elementary PTA (Western) – “Get Caught Reading!”