America Reads

America Reads facilitates a partnership between the University of Northern Iowa and local public schools to strengthen literacy skills and an enjoyment of reading in children.

This service-learning experience:

  • helps UNI students develop their teaching and leadership skills as they select, plan, and implement fun, interactive, engaging lessons -- while contributing to the greater social good!
  • benefits local school children as they engage in shared reading, guided reading, and a variety of creative literacy experiences in a book club.

Through their mentoring of local students, our UNI students promote literacy in the community.

Our Director

Sunah Chung, PhD
Assistant Professor of Literacy


Sunah Chung

Become a Book Club Leader

Join our team as a book club leader!  Any UNI student may apply to be a leader. If you have federal work-study on your financial aid package, you can be compensated for your involvement.  If you do not have work-study, you can volunteer as a leader.  For more information about being a book club leader, see the application link below. 

Book club leaders for Spring 2024

America Reads Leaders Spring 2024
Lincoln Elementary School
We currently lead book clubs at Lincoln Elementary School in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Book Club Leaders Archives

Book Club leader Spring 2024America Reads book club leaders' group photo in Spring 2024

Book Club leader Fall 2023America Reads book club leaders' group photo in Fall 2023

Book Club leader Spring 2023America Reads book club leaders' group photo in Spring 2023