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Reach Out and Read

Scholastic's Kids and Family Reading Report [PDF] from 2010 says that from age 6 through age 17, the time kids spend reading declines while the time kids spend going online for fun and using a cell phone to text or talk increases. 71% of parents wish their child would read more books for fun. 75% of children (ages 9-17) say they know they should read more.

The nonprofit Reach Out and Read promotes early literacy in pediatric exam rooms. In medical practices using the program, doctors and nurses stress the importance of reading to parents, "prescribe" age-appropriate books, and give every child a new book to take home. Last year, 6.5 million books were distributed to 4 million kids, including more than one-third of all U.S. children living in poverty.

You can become involved with the organization by reading to kids in waiting rooms, organizing book drives, or making a donation.

Maya Angelou said, "Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him."

Reach Out and Read can help form that habit of reading.


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