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Where great stories begin.


Reach Out and Read begins at the six-month checkup and continues through the age of five, with a special emphasis on children growing up in low-income homes. Families served by Reach Out and Read read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills: both of which better prepare a community’s children to achieve their potential.

Research shows that when pediatricians, family physicians, and other healthcare providers promote literacy readiness using the Reach Out and Read Model, there is a significant effect on parents’ behavior and attitude toward reading aloud, as well as improvements in the language scores of young children who participate. These effects have been found in diverse families nationwide.

For more information on Reach Out and Read research findings, click below.


Parents are 2.5x more likely to read to their children.

Parents are 2x more likely to read to their children more than three times per week.

Families are 2.5x more likely to enjoy reading together or have books in the home.

Children’s language development is improved by 3 to 6 months.

Children’s language ability improves with increased exposure to Reach Out and Read.

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