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Reading is Doctor-Recommended

Doctors and nurses know that growing up healthy means growing up with books. That’s why 600 primary care doctors and nurse practitioners at 62 Reach Out and Read practices across the Greater Philadelphia region give brand-new books to young children when they get a checkup. By talking with parents and caregivers about the importance of reading aloud, they provide families with the tools they need to put their children on the path to school success.

Did You Know?

Reading Aloud Helps Children Cope.

Reach Out and Read’s list of suggested children’s books can help kids cope with tough economic times.

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Reach Out and Read Doctors Say “Yes, You Can” Every Day!

Read Dr. Daniel Taylor’s personal reflections on hearing a child ask, “Can I keep it?”

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Low-income children are at higher risk for reading difficulties.

In Greater Philadelphia, more than one out of five children under the age of 5 lives at or below poverty level.

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Babies love faces!

Studies show that infants prefer books that feature colorful images and faces.

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Dec 2015: A Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia story on WHYY/Newsworks: Following doctor’s orders: Take a few books and read regularly

Medical director of CHOP’s Reach Out and Read Program and Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia featured on Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane on WHYY Radio. Listen here and view photos here.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Reach Out and Read Program launched a new video Open Book, Open World.

Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia featured on NBC Philadelphia!

Reach Out and Read featured in The New York Times

Read our Op-Ed: “How Doctors Can Improve Literacy” in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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