Wisconsin BookwormsTM

Providing early literacy programming for Wisconsin's Children

The project began in 1998 with innovative grant funding. That year more than 130 volunteer readers read books to 1,375 children in 26 counties. The project is currently in its 18th year, reaching 5,300 children in 42 counties through its 545 readers. 

In May of 2016 we read our 750,000 book to a Wisconsin Bookworms™ student.

Wisconsin BookwormsTM  is a collaboration and outreach effort of the Wisconsin Association for Home and Community Education, (WAHCE) UW-Extension Family Living Programs and Wisconsin Public Television. It is designed to provide free books and an early reading experience for children from limited income families. Each month volunteers read award winning books to the children, engage them in a related activity, give books to the children and provide educational activity sheets for their families.

This collaboration has been very successful. In 2010, Wisconsin BookwormsTM was the recipient of the UW-Extension Chancellor's Award.  In 2011, we also received a grant from the Green Bay Packer Foundation.

The Wisconsin BookwormsTM  Advisory Team consists of:

Lerna Mae Wiese, WAHCE Chair

Bernie Arena, West District

Karen Scheibe, Northwest District and

Elaine Villenueve

Teri Madden, Northeast District

Sandy Wendorff and Lynn Marcks

Central District

Jean Geszvain, Southeast District

Lerna Weise, Southwest

2016 Impact Report

2017 - 2018 Wisconsin BookwormsTM Booklist 

Special Information for Coordinators (Follow this link for forms, etc., for coordinators)

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  Wisconsin BookwormsTM -- Coloring Sheet

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  Certificate to present to students upon completion of reading books

  Certificate for adults in appreciation of
Wisconsin BookwormsTM support


     Wisconsin BookwormsTM -- Brochure

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 Updated May 1, 2017