Reach Out and Read Rhode Island
Reach Out and Read Rhode Island is a research-supported program that provides children with books during pediatric checkups so that families can read to their children at home.
How does it work? During a child's wellness visit, reading together, along with nutrition, exercise, and regular sleep habits, is encouraged for healthy growth and development.
Families take home a new book - at no cost - starting at the first checkup through age five, helping build a home library of books.
We make reading aloud part of pediatric care so that families make reading a bedtime routine at home.
We partner with health care providers to put books in the hands of children, from birth through age five, and literacy resources in the hands of caregivers.
We serve 40,000 children and provide 80,000 books each year with support from the Rhode Island community.