Before the luncheon and author presentation, please join us at the Marketplace from 10:00am-12:00pm. The Marketplace will feature our raffle, silent auction, vendors, and a chance to learn about & support each Words Alive program.

Book Giveaway

Read Aloud Program

Words Alive provides weekly in-classroom programming for students and teachers from over 180 classrooms in San Diego. Each fall and spring, we donate a brand new book to over 4,500 program participants. For $20 you can purchase a bag of books or for $50 a classroom set of books. You do not need to be present at the luncheon to donate.

Spin the Wheel, Win an Author

Teen Services

Win a local author for your next book club meeting. For $25, purchase an opportunity to spin the wheel and win an author or a book. You do not need to be present to win. You can also support our Teen Services program by purchasing an anthology of work from this year's Art & Literacy Program.


Kinder Tool Kit

Family Literacy Program

Words Alive provides 10.5 hours of parent education covering early literacy development topics for hundreds of parents each year. We work to empower parents with the knowledge and resources they need to feel confident as their child's first and most important teacher. At graduation each child receives a Kindergarten Readiness Backpack filled with school supplies, books, and a parent workbook to help continue the learning at home. Your donation of $20 will help provide these tools to a Family Literacy Program graduate. You do not need to be present at the luncheon to donate.

"The Words Alive Journey to Literacy"

Make sure to follow "The Words Alive Journey to Literacy" and visit all the marketplace has to offer for a chance to win the Journey to Literacy Prize Basket. You can purchase your raffle tickets, bid on your silent auction items, and visit all of the Words Alive program tables to hear from volunteers and participants about the impact Words Alive has in the community. Make certain to shop with our vendors, who are contributing 25% of their sales to Words Alive. A passport will be provided to you as you enter the marketplace to help you on your Journey to Literacy and will include details on how to win the Journey to Literacy Prize Basket.