Family Adventures in Reading (FAIR) brings children ages 6–10 and adults together to enjoy outstanding and thought-provoking picture books. Each ninety-minute FAIR session includes an engaging, active reading of a book, followed by guided discussions on the book and on a principal theme found in the book. Each FAIR session is a part of a longer series, of either six or four weeks, that focuses on one of three overarching topics: character, relationships, or community. Each FAIR session also includes introductions to library services and light refreshments.
FAIR picture books—which families take home to keep—are scholar-chosen for literary and artistic value, as well as for their engagement with humanities themes that are meaningful and sometimes difficult for children. In addition to thematic considerations, the books draw on a variety of cultural traditions found in contemporary American—and global—communities. The books work together in the creation of multicultural, diverse, and inclusive syllabi in which as many children as possible may see parts of themselves and of their lives reflected.
Applicants who wish to modify a FAIR project into something that does not fit these guidelines may want to apply for an Open Discussion grant instead. Please contact Abbye Meyer if you have questions.
Essentials for Applicants
- All nonprofit and government organizations that serve Massachusetts residents are eligible to apply.
- FAIR Storyteller must be confirmed at the time of application.
- Applicants may request $2,150 or $3,000 plus books for participating families (see FAIR guidelines (pdf) for maximum amount eligibility).
- Applicants ensure 10-20 participating families.
- Download and read the FAIR guidelines (pdf) before submitting an application. Full instructions on how to apply online can be found in the guidelines.
- Discussion Grants deadlines are four times a year and notification is within three weeks of submission. See Discussion Grants deadline chart for specific dates.
- LOI forms must be submitted online at least two weeks before the application deadline. You may contact Mass Humanities staff or submit an LOI form online at any time.
- Submit your online LOI form at least ten weeks ahead of your intended start date, so that you can submit your online application at least eight weeks ahead of your intended start date.
- For guidance in scheduling a discussion project, please see our Discussion Grant Coordinator’s Guide (pdf).