Learn more about the benefits of reading to children from the very day they're born.
Donate New and Gently Used Children's Books
Nationwide Children’s believes it takes more than medicine to have a healthy child.
90% of brain development occurs between birth and age 3, including social, emotional and cognitive skills crucial to healthy development
The development of these skills impact school readiness and overall academic success. Studies show children who start behind, stay behind.
Link between school success and literacy: Children who are not reading at grade level by the 3rd grade and living in poverty are 13 times more likely to drop out of high school.
Community impact: a high imprisonment rate (80% of inmates in Ohio prisons are high school dropouts)
Economic impact: over the next decade, high school dropouts are projected to cost the nation 3 trillion dollars
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.
Drop off a new or gently-used preschool aged book to any of the following locations:
Please consider partnering with Reach Out and Read as a designated book drop-off location. It's a great way to invite people into your organization while supporting pediatric literacy!
Our staff will take care of dropping off collection boxes and coordinating book pickups. We will provide resource information that will help your staff learn about this worthy cause and answer questions throughout the book drive. Support children who face the highest risk of academic failure right here in central Ohio by working with us to put books in the hands of children who are growing up without them
For more details on how your organizaton can participate, please contact Shareena Casey via email or by calling (614) 355-0519.
2013 Fast Facts for Children Under 5 Years Old
Cumulative Books provided since 1998: 1,325,000 books