A doctor. A family. A book. A simple solution that starts with reading aloud.
How much more could we do if every pediatric practice or clinic in this state were funded to prescribe books to young children?
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Reach Out and Read-Alabama, a program of the Alabama Chapter-American Academy of Pediatrics, gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.
Books Build Better Brains
When Reach Out and Read began as a national organization 25 years ago, the goal was to make literacy promotion part of pediatric primary care, so that children would grow up with books and a love of reading.
Through its strategic priority on early brain and child development, the American Academy of Pediatrics stamped its official seal of approval on the importance of early literacy by issuing a new policy statement recommending that pediatric practices counsel parents to read aloud and provide books to young children in poverty.
The Power of Partnerships
Reach Out and Read is grateful to our network of private and public supporters, whose generosity and commitment to our mission enhance our promotion of early literacy and school readiness. These partnerships enable Reach Out and Read to serve millions of children and their families nationwide.