“When I walk into the exam room with a children’s book in hand, it changes everything.”
When pediatricians deliver a book to a child with the Reach Out & Read program, the clinical room turns brighter, the child’s eyes light up and a relationship between the family and the doctor begins.
And when a child brings that book home, and parents and caregivers settle into the couch to read with their children, the entire family finds comfort in a book. These relationships (between doctor and family, parent and child) are so powerful.
“When children feel connected and supported in the early years, they are more likely to become healthy, competent, and educated citizens later in life.”
This year, Reach Out & Read Illinois has supported over 110 clinics across the state with their programs. Over 140,000 families have been given books in their well-child visits, but more than that, families learn why it’s so important to make cuddling together with a good book part of their daily routine.
When you make a gift to Reach Out & Read this year, it changes everything.