The Power of a Page

Reading aloud helps children get through tough times. Whether they are listening to a story about a hurricane, a homeless family, or a parent deployed in the armed forces, books can help children realize they aren’t alone, and help them process their feelings about hard times.

Children who are part of economically disadvantaged families are at greater risk for reading difficulties. In Greater Philadelphia, more than one out of five children under the age of five lives at or below poverty level.

Primary care medical providers (physicians and nurse practitioners) who see pediatric patients know the power of books and reading aloud to children. By talking with parents and caregivers, using the Reach Out and Read medical model, the medical providers offer families the tools they need to put their children on the path to learning and success.