Reach Out and Read-Alabama launches eighth annual Summer Campaign encouraging families to
“Read Together and Build a Better World”

According to the Urban Child Institute, children’s experiences in their earliest years affect how their brains work, the way they respond to stress, and their ability to form trusting relationships. During these years, the brain undergoes its most dramatic growth, setting the stage for social and emotional development. Language blossoms, basic motor abilities form, thinking becomes more complex, and children begin to understand their own feelings and those of others.

This year, copies of the book Sometimes I Feel Sunny by Gillian Shields will be prescribed by pediatric healthcare providers statewide, who will also write a prescription for children to become involved in the summer reading program, “Build a Better World,” at their local library.

Teaming up with the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Early Intervention program, Reach Out and Read-Alabama practices and clinics will host Sometimes I Feel Sunny-related events throughout the summer that will help parents identify early developmental milestones and access help when needed.


Learn more about our events by clicking an image below.