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New York State PTA

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Phone: 518.452.8808
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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 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 Pick A Reading Partner 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 2016 PARP Award Winners:

NYS PARP Winner:

  • Oceanside School #5 PTA (NassauRegion) – “Reading, Rocking & Rapping”

Region PARP Winners:

  • Evans Park Elementary PTA (Central Hudson Region) – “Swinging into Reading”
  • Perkins School PTA (Genesee Valley Region) – “Every Story Has A Hero”
  • Huth Road Elementary PTA (Niagara Region) – “Take the lead. Get a book and read!”
  • Cattaraugus-Little Valley PTA (Southwestern Region) – “Let’s Take Reading to New Heights”
  • Timber Point PTA (Suffolk Region) – “Pirates and Mermaid Princesses: Shiver Me Timbers Point, It’s PARRRP”
  • Dodge Elementary PTA (Western) – “Dodgecraft”