Who We Are


Island Readers & Writers (IRW) believes in the essential role of reading in fostering the healthy development of children and the promise that lies within every child – their capacities, their dreams, and their worthiness.


Each year, IRW brings book-based educational programs to over 2,800 children, grades PreK-8, living on Maine’s coastal islands and in remote communities in Washington County - from Casco to Cobscook Bay. These programs are designed to stretch imaginations, encourage curiosity, develop creative and reflective thinking skills, and expand perspectives through hands-on learning in natural history, science, literature, writing, and art.

View our 2019 Executive Summary