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Reach Out and Read® Program

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OUR MISSION: Reach Out and Read prepares central Ohio’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is proud to be among the largest of more than 5,000 Reach Out and Read® Programs in the country. This pediatric literacy program encourages family literacy activities in the home prior to a child entering the school system. Focus is given to families living in poverty.

The Reach Out and Read Model

  • During well-child visits, pediatricians give every child 6 months through 5 years old a new, developmentally-appropriate children's book to take home and keep.

  • In the exam room, doctors and nurses speak with parents about the importance of reading aloud to their young children every day, and offer age-appropriate tips and encouragement.

  • Volunteers engage children and their families in literacy and music related activities while in the waiting area. Waiting areas are transformed into positive learning environments.


2015 Community Book Drive and Celebration Event

The 2015 community book drive was a tremendous success and collected more than 46,000 books in just three months!  Primrose Schools was awarded the 2015 Reach Out and Read Community Champion Award for being a true champion, combating literacy disparities within our community. Since 2012, Primrose Schools has collected more than 10,000 books for our families. 

The Celebration Event is held at the culmination of the community book drive each year and is provided to the K-3 students that attend local high-need elementary schools. This event represents the collective efforts of each community partner, celebrates the book drive and shares the joy of reading. This year, we celebrated with Stewart Elementary reading challenge student participants, who collectively read more than 100,000 minutes in just a few short months.

I Want To:

  • Become a Volunteer with Reach Out and Read.

  • Donate New or Gently Used Books:Everything you need to know about donating books to Reach Out and Read.  This link will conveniently take you through each and every step.  

  • Host a Book Drive: We distribute over 10,000 books each month.  Click here to register your book drive and give the gift of reading to a child in need.

  • Learn more about Reach Out and Read: We impact communities locally and nationally. Find out how.

  • Make a Gift: We supply over 40,000 new books each year to our pediatricians to prepare any child between 6 months and 5 years for Kindergarten.  Learn more about how you can help children prepare for academic success. 

  • Contact Reach Out and Read

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