The reading promise

Alice’s sister, Kathy, was in fourth grade when she said she no longer wanted her father to read to her. But Alice was different.

When Alice was nine years old, she and her father – a school librarian – made a promise to read aloud together for 100 consecutive nights.

But once the pair met their goal, they didn’t stop. 100 became 1000, and they decided to continue for as long as they possibly could. The Streak, as they called it, ultimately lasted 3, 218 nights.

The story of their amazing commitment to reading, and to each other, is chronicled in Alice Ozma’s book The reading promise.

From L. Frank Baum to Dickens to J.K. Rowling to Shakespeare, Alice’s father read to her every night without fail until the day she entered college, a remarkable eight years later.

In this warm and tender memoir, Alice Ozma tells the story of her relationship with her father – from his steadying hand on the back of her wobbly bike to his one-man crusade to keep reading in schools – the words they shared and the spaces in between.

The Reading Promise poignantly illustrates the unbreakable bond between father and daughter, the books they treasured and the life lessons learned along the way.

You can further details of The reading promise on the main catalogue, available in ‘Catalogues’ on the Library’s website.