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Reading time is bonding time with your child. Every time you read together, you help build your child’s literacy and language skills while growing their love for books and reading.

You are your child’s first and best teacher. Talking, singing and reading with your child will cultivate their literacy skills, foster curiosity and develop effective expression. Literacy skills are built at different ages and developmental stages. Reach Out and Read supports skill-building and shares the power of reading with families of all backgrounds and economic means, helping them make reading a part of their daily lives.

All across Indiana, pediatricians involved in Indiana’s Reach Out and Read program give new books to their youngest patients and encourage families to read together. Check out the tips you can expect at well visit check-ups with Reach Out and Read physicians 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.

    The program begins in infancy and continues through age 5, with a special emphasis on children growing up in low-income communities. Pediatric providers throughout Indiana prescribe new books to their youngest patients and encourage families to read together. Ages birth to 5 are the most critical for brain and language development, and parents and caregivers play a crucial role in their child’s development. Children who are read to at an early age develop a lifetime love of books and learning.

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  • 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.

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