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Reach Out and Read (ROR) is is a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.

Reach Out and Read builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning at 6 months of age. The 3.9 million families served annually by Reach Out and Read read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten better prepared to succeed, with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills, and a six-month developmental edge over their peers.

Reach Out and Read Arkansas is launching a new, fun event: Goodnight Arkansas! The inaugural Goodnight Arkansas is scheduled for Sunday, April 2nd from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. We are so excited to have Sarah Wengel as the chair for this fun pajama party at the Governor’s Mansion!

Goodnight Arkansas will feature story stations led by some of our favorite physicians, news personalities and book characters. We are honored that Governor Asa Hutchinson and First Lady Susan Hutchinson will join us and read a favorite childrens book, as well. In addition to story stations, we will have refreshments, crafts and photo opportunities. This event will truly be fun for the whole family.

Click here to purchase your tickets!

Many thanks to Emilee Webb, Miss Arkansas Junior High from Poyen, AR.  Promoting her platform "Reading Readiness" Emilee conducted a book drive where 794 new/gently used books were collected for Reach Out and Read Arkansas!

2014 Carle Honor winners (from l.) Brian Gallagher, Dr. Perri Klass, Henrietta Mays Smith, Françoise Mouly, and Jerry Pinkney  more . . .

Hillary Clinton announces effort to raise awareness about the importance of early language . . . read more


The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, in close collaboration with Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, has launched the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (AR-GLR) to ensure that more of our low-income children succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship.

Do your part for the Arkansas Campaign for Grade Level Reading. Visit our website and TAKE THE PLEDGE, or encourage a friend or colleague to do the same.


Reach Out and Read was mentioned favorably in the Jan 30th article in The Atlantic on early childhood education.





Video: National PSA Featuring Hill Harper

Hill Harper, actor on CSI NY, supports Reach Out and Read.



Video: Public Service Announcement

What Happens when you read aloud to your child? 
Brains develop, Creativity soars, Language skills improve, and Listening Skills too....





Medical Providers

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(Applications to Reach Out and Read must be submitted by a staff member of a clinic or hospital providing outpatient health supervision visits to children 6 months to 5 years of age.)

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