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.
Visit any central Ohio Barnes & Noble location during November and December to purchase and donate a children’s book to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Through the Reach Out and Read Program, pediatricians prescribe a new book to children 6 months to 5 years of age as part of the well-child visit. See what books our pediatricians recommend for preschool-aged children.
Thank you for your support of Team Reach Out and Read in the 2013 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon and ½ Marathon! This year our team had 7 runners and raised $1,375 for the program.
2012 Fast Facts for Children Under 5 Years Old
Cumulative Books provided since 1998: 1,200,000 books