Publishing Hearts

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About Reach Out and Read


Reach Out and Read is a children's literacy organization that prepares America's youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.

Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals incorporate Reach Out and Read's evidence-based model into regular pediatric checkups, by advising parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving developmentally-appropriate books to children. The program begins at the 6-month checkup and continues through age 5, with a special emphasis on children growing up in low-income communities. Families served by Reach Out and Read read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills, better prepared to achieve their potential.

The Reach Out and Read Model

Pediatric healthcare providers (including pediatricians, family physicians, and pediatric nurse practitioners) are trained in the three-part Reach Out and Read model to promote early literacy and school readiness:

  • In the exam room, doctors and nurses speak with parents about the importance of reading aloud to their young children every day, and offer age-appropriate tips and encouragement.
  • The pediatric primary care provider gives every child 6 months through 5 years old a new, developmentally-appropriate children's book to take home and keep.
  • In the waiting room, displays, information, and books create a literacy-rich environment. Where possible, volunteer readers engage the children, modeling for parents the pleasures - and techniques - of reading aloud.

How is Publishing Hearts helping Reach Out and Read?

We plan to fundraise for and donate our books to the children’s literacy organization, Reach Out and Read. Our starting goal for this year is to sell a total of 1,000 books. So we ask for your help as we embark on this challenge. Help us fulfill our goal to help children fulfill their needs in literacy. “More than one-third (34%) of American children entering kindergarten today lack the basic language skills they will need to learn to read.” Together, we can change this statistic and encourage children and their parents to read. Our determination and drive coupled with your investment in our children’s book will allow us to get one step closer to accomplishing our goal. Publishing Hearts is not only very eager to start fundraising for Reach Out and Read, but also so excited to see how we can make a difference.