Boston, MA

Reach Out And Read

Incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together

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Reach Out And Read

From the Brian Gallagher

The best opportunity to influence a child's future is in the first five years, a critical window of rapid brain development that does not occur at any other time. Children who hear fewer words during early childhood start school developmentally behind their peers and may never catch up.

When families read aloud to their young children, they can give them a better start to life. With unparalleled access to families with young children, Reach Out and Read medical providers give books to children at more than 10 well-child visits from infancy until they start school. More importantly, they encourage families to read aloud and engage with their infants, toddlers and preschoolers every day.


By the numbers

The impact


We reach 1 in 4 low-income families. .


Medical providers are trained to deliver the Reach Out and Read program .

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Reach Out And Read


1 day ago - @reachoutandread

Thank you to Dick Robinson, CEO, Jessie Lyons, National Board Member, Roe Lathan and the whole team at Scholastic for making our national board meeting so special. @scholasticinc #cliffordthebigreddog

2 days ago - @reachoutandread

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Today we’re sending a big thank you to @theuniqueclassroom and her class of third graders, who, along with families and teachers at their school, collected over 500 books for @childrensphila! This incredible gift is going to make an amazing difference in the lives of so many children and families - thank you!!

3 days ago - @reachoutandread

5 days ago - @reachoutandread

Here’s a great story out of Tennessee to brighten up your Monday! Thank you to Dr. Mary Heath for sending us this awesome photo - we’re pretty proud of Julian too!

6 days ago - @reachoutandread

As a daughter of a school librarian, mother of two girls, and a pediatrician that has delivered the Reach Out and Read intervention to thousands of families, she knows that reading to your little ones works! Reach Out and Read celebrates all moms this Mother’s Day. #ReadAloud #MomsRule

1 week ago - @reachoutandread

Did you know Reach Out and Read provides bilingual books to serve the cultural needs of our families? Here’s a snapshot from Lancaster Health Center, supported by Reach Out and Read Lancaster County, where books in Swahili, Nepali and other languages were secured with a generous gift by the @hersheycompany!

1 week ago - @reachoutandread

Do you remember what it was like to sit in your parent’s lap and read a book together? Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing stories from Dr. Terri McFadden, Medical Director of Reach Out and Read Georgia and member of our National Board of Directors, on how reading had positively impacted her role as a mother and pediatric provider!

Reach Out And Read

Where your money goes


Helps us reach one more child


Helps us reach one more family


Helps us train one more doctor


Helps us provide 50 children books