Reach Out & Read
Reading time is bonding time with your child. Every time you read aloud together, your connection with your child grows as you build their language skills and their love for books and reading.
You are your child's first and best teacher. Talking, reading, singing and playing are examples of language-rich experiences that promote early brain development, improve language skills and strengthen the relationship between you and your child. Reach Out and Read empowers your family to make reading aloud and storytelling a meaningful and healthy part of your child's daily routine.
All across Indiana, pediatric medical providers in the Reach Out and Read program give new, developmentally appropriate books to their youngest patients and encourage families to read aloud together and share language-building experiences. Check out the tips you can expect at well visit check-ups with Reach Out and Read clinicians as your child grows.
Reach Out and Read Indiana is dedicated to giving our state’s youngest children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together and share language-building experiences.
The program begins at birth and continues through age 5 years, with a special emphasis on children growing up in low-income communities. Pediatric providers throughout Indiana prescribe new, developmentally appropriate books to their youngest patients and encourage families to talk, read, sing and play together as part of a healthy and meaningful routine. Ages birth to 5 years are the most critical for brain and language development. Parents and caregivers play a crucial role in their child’s development because they are their child's first and best teachers. Reading aloud together at an early age provides an opportunity for families to build strong relationships while their child develops a lifetime love of books and learning.
The Indiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (“INAAP”) is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focusing on issues related to the health and well-being of all Hoosier children. With over 900 pediatrician and nurse practitioner members throughout the state, INAAP strives to be the go-to resource for questions related to children’s health, as well as for issues related to the practice of pediatrics.