Books Are Mirrors and Windows

Children who feel left out of books risk feeling left out of life.
Books, like mirrors, help reflect what we observe and know about the world we live in. It’s powerful to read or listen to a story about someone like you. Books also allow us to view and understand lives that are different from our own, like a window onto other experiences. But to succeed as mirrors and windows, books must tell a wide range of stories—and they must include a diversity of people and worlds. At Reach Out and Read, we’re committed to increasing access to inclusive books for young people of all races and backgrounds.
"I didn't realize how much my son could get out of me reading to him; I thought he was too young to be read to. Now story time is our favorite time!"
- Mother of Jason, age 1
brand-new books prescribed each year
primary care doctors and nurse practitioners and physician assistants
young children in need served annually

The lazy, hazy days of summer are the perfect time to sit with your little one and cool off with a good book! Read by the pool, or at the beach or out on the patio... read for 5 minutes or 50 minutes... get lost in the language of a great story or be mesmerized by the amazing illustrations. Sink into summer with a book!
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