Each year the National Book Foundation, with support from the Levenger Foundation, awards the Innovations in Reading Prize to an individual or organization who discovers new ways to empower communities through literature. In 2017, Reach Out and Read received honorable mention.
Reach Out and Read’s mission is to give young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.
With Reach Out and Read, medical providers give books to children at more than 10 well-child visits from infancy until they start school. Currently serving 4.7 million children and their families in the U.S., half of whom are from low-income families, Reach Out and Read aims to ensure that no child in our country misses the experience of sharing a story on the lap of a loved one.