Reach Out And Read Summit: Relationships Matter

Medical Champions, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, residents, site coordinators, support staff, volunteers, funders, and partners from across North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, DC came together for the Reach Out and Read 2023 Summit: Relationships Matter.

The Summit was an opportunity to reimagine… Read More

Brush, Book, Bed – The Best Bedtime Routine

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.

Reach Out and Read in North Carolina and South Carolina is participating in oral health initiatives and integrating books and conversations about the importance of life long oral health into ROR well-child visits.

During regular wellness check-ups at…

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Once Upon a Time in North Carolina

CHIP Health Services Initiative Funds Early Literacy Promotion as Part of Well-Child Care

Emma Sandoe, Anna Miller-Fitzwater, Donna Cohen Ross

Once Upon a Time

So many well-loved stories of early childhood begin with the words “once upon a time” and go on to tell…

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Innovative Funding For Reach Out and Read in North Carolina

The state of North Carolina has partnered with Reach Out and Read in North Carolina to expand access to early health and literacy development. This  innovative public funding approach will impact all North Carolina children by extending ROR to begin at birth, expand ROR to all counties…

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Relationships, Routines and Reading

It is during these times of stress and anxiety when children are most in need of a secure environment and opportunities for one-on-one engagement with a loved one.

The healthy relationships and interactions that children have with caring adults, including moments centered around snuggling up…

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As a parent, I look forward to each new book


Kristi Hildebrand, MSN, CPNP-AC
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
UNC Department of Neurosurgery
NAPNAP – NC Chapter CE Co-Chair

This is a very unique time that we live in – with periods of fear, uncertainty and isolation. During a…

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Book Addiction!

Our super great South Carolina Medical Director has shared a new blog post.

While most physicians are trying prevent or treat addiction these days, I find myself trying to encourage it.

I am prescribing habit-forming stuff to my tiniest most vulnerable patients: Books.

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Reading, Routines, and Resilience

By: Callee Boulware, Executive Director

Reading, routines, and resilience.  Hugs, snuggles, and stories.  These simple moments bolster our hearts and minds, children and adults alike. As a community, we are working to through COVID-19.  As an organization, Reach Out and Read is helping families…

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Resources for Families

“We know time spent reading together is a tool to build resilience and stability. Books and reading routines create comfort for children and families in times of stress,” Callee Boulware, ROR Carolinas.

As schools and programs across the nation close to prevent the spread…

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Read Across America

Reach Out and Read proud to partner in this year’s, READ ACROSS AMERICA day on March 2, 2020. Two decades ago, the National Education Association (NEA) launched Read Across America and now it is the nation’s largest single-day celebration of reading. The program focuses on motivating…

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Meet Deb!

“I am excited to join Reach Out and Read Carolinas’ innovative work supporting families and helping children grow both emotionally and educationally.  The investments local medical providers are already making in their patients’ lives through literacy is incredible, and I look forward to using my…

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Meet Pam!

“I am thrilled to bring my skills, experience, and passion to Reach Out and Read Carolinas, and look forward to working with and learning alongside the community partners in this very innovative and vital work in the Triad.”

We are pleased to announce that…

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Building a literacy rich waiting room

Blog post by: Keisha Gray, Altrusa Board Treasure

Altrusa International, Inc. is a global non-profit organization of volunteers whose common goal is to improve the communities in which they live.  Altrusa International of Spartanburg, Inc. was chartered in 1963 and has been actively serving…

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Meet Adwoa!

We welcome Adwoa Asare to the ROR Carolinas team as the Project Manager for North Carolina and South Carolina.

Adwoa is a native of Durham, NC and she joins the RORC team after spending two years in the Boston area completing an MBA in…

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The Right Book Makes All the Difference

Guest post by: All About Books

When it comes to promoting literacy and its developmental advantages for all children, two issues man the forefront: access and structure. Reach Out and Read has not only provided millions of children with free books, but they’ve developed an…

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Improving Daily Experiences

The relationship between a medical provider and the family is the key to the Reach Out and Read (ROR) intervention. They have repeated one-on-one contact with families during the critical first years of a child’s life and use books and anticipatory guidance as a…

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ROR Carolinas + Strengthening Families

Guest blog post by:
Dr. Martha Edwards
Rock Hill Pediatrics

As pediatricians, we become comfortable talking about uncomfortable things.

Pooping? I have been christened the Queen of Poop because I excel at addressing problems associated with stool withholding and constipation. Acne? Toenail fungus?…

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Refilling the shelves in Eastern NC

Guest blog post by: All About Books

We know the impact of a book in the life of a child and their family.

Recent hurricanes impacted many Reach Out and Read Carolinas families and providers. Some families lost their homes and belongings and some medical…

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Relationships, Routines and Reading

Guest blog post by:
Dr. Martha Edwards
Rock Hill Pediatrics

As a pediatrician, it has been a joy to begin to integrate books into my first newborn visit.

My favorite positive parenting tip at this visit is to reassure new families that it…

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Engaging families in early literacy is critical

As parents, we all want the best for our children and while we do need to talk, read and sing to them every day, we also need to invest in parents to help close the skills gap.

Reach Out and Read is a parenting program, as much…

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Building Resiliency in Children and Families

The future of any society depends on its ability to foster the healthy development of the next generation. The effects of what happens during the first few years sets the stage for the rest of a child’s life. Extensive research on the biology of stress now…

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Prescribing Reading

A guest blog post by Dr. Lynn Wilson, Sterling Sharpe Pediatrics, in Columbia S.C.

One of my greatest joys as a pediatrician is helping parents along the journey of leading and guiding their children as they grow and learn and develop.

There are volumes of…

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Help Me Fill the Shelves in South Carolina

Blog post by: Jordan Montgomery, Yankees Pitcher and former Gamecock

I recently learned about Reach Out and Read Carolinas through my volunteer work at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital.

Reach Out and Read Carolinas helps build home libraries for over 200,000 children in South Carolina. More…

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Reading is a Great Equalizer

A couple of years ago, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a bill making it the official policy of the state that every student should read at or above grade level by the end of third grade. The logic makes sense—if you can’t read by…

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