Community Books Unite for Literacy

Unite for Literacy helps communities like ours make literacy accessible to children in ways that celebrate their languages and cultures and cultivate a lifelong love of reading.

Unite for Literacy utilizes the skills and passions of Salt River Schools staff, as well as our partners within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community to create book projects, build home libraries, and support families to develop a daily habit of reading, which are key factors in growing lifelong readers.

Click on the image below to find our full (and growing!) catalog of Community-made books for young readers! 

Unite Books catalog

Do you have a story to tell?

The Salt River Schools NYCP Literacy for All Program is seeking Community writers to author children's books that reflect O'odham and Piipaash ways of life to be part of our growing catalog described above.

The literacy program will provide all the training, materials, technology, and support you need. 

Interested? Email [email protected].

The Salt River Schools Literacy for All Program is a grant and partnership with Unity for Literacy. For more information, call or text 480-878-8604. 

Writers Wanted flyer

Check out this great article from O'odham Action News published in January 2021. From the article:

The Literacy for All grant has opened doors for many teachers, students, parents and staff to help create small 12-page books that tell short stories on numerous topics such as the solar system, ice cream, hiking in the desert, random acts of kindness, Arizona insects and how to count in O’odham and Piipaash, just to name a few. These books are designed to help get Salt River kids reading and learning about new things and their own Community.

“Some of our cultural books are written by SRS staff and other SRPMIC tribal employees. The Step-Up [program] tutors have written over 300 stories for the books, and there has been help from Early Childhood Education Center parents as well,” said Trinidad Yazzie, the literacy program's project manager. “We also are going to be getting some help from SRPMIC Cultural Resources Department Outreach Coordinator Cody Achin to get more traditional-language books translated in the near future.”

O'odham Action News literacy article
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