Reach Out and Read Rhode Island

Reach Out and Read Rhode Island


February is , a time for remembrance and celebration of the accomplishments of Black pioneers and trailblazers.

Story time is one of many ways to teach young children about Black history. Check out these books! via PBS KIDS

Reach Out and Read Reach Out and Read Rhode Island Books Are Wings
The Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation wrapped up 2021 by donating over $1.1 Million in the communities it serves. Visit for a complete rundown of the Q4 Grant recipients, including a $100K grant to Shri Yoga in Pawtucket, founded by Alison Bologna, to support the expansion of social services including affordable housing at 390 Pine Street.

Congratulations to all of the following grant recipients.

Rhode Island Organizations:
Comprehensive Community Action Program, Inc., Day One - Rhode Island's Sexual Assault & Trauma Resource Center, Junior Achievement RI, OneNeighborhood Builder, Reach Out and Read Rhode Island, Saint Elizabeth Community, Sophia Academy, The Sharing Locker, Wood River Health Services, Better Lives Rhode Island, Coventry Food Pantry, Esperanza-Hope, Jewish Collaborative Services of RI, Jonnycake Center for Hope, North Kingstown Food Pantry, The Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry, The Pawtucket Soup Kitchen, Progreso Latino, Project Hand Up

Connecticut Organizations:
Madonna Place, Inc., Martin House, Inc., Northeast Placement Services, Inc., Operation Fuel, Inc., Thames River Family Program / Thames River Community Service, Woodstock Academy, Ledyard Food Pantry, Pomfret Food Pantry, Project Pin, TEEG, Friends of Assisi Food Pantry, Interraith Human Services of Putnam, St. Vincent de Paul Place Norwich, . Mary's Food Pantry, Access Community Action Agency.

Hi! Would love to connect for southern RI ways we can help each other to reach families. [email protected]
πŸ™Œ We're excited to support the following Olneyville Fund grantee partners within our Lift United focus area. These organizations are working to create long-term change in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence. Learn more:

Amenity Aid Button Hole Children's Friend Clinica Esperanza/Hope Clinic Farm Fresh Rhode Island FirstWorks RIOT Rhode Island Inspiring Minds Project Weber/RENEW Providence Community Library Reach Out and Read Rhode Island YWCA Rhode Island

In honor of this year's RI Great Reads book selection, Layla's Happiness by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, Providence Community Library is hosting a series of family events including a food drive to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank from July 19th to August 21st. You can drop off non-perishables at any of the nine Providence Community library locations during open hours. Find a list of locations here:
Additionally at all locations, you can grab a free copy of Layla's Happiness in celebration of the book's selection as the Rhode Island National Book Festival entry.
Looking for more free books and reading resources? Check out these other local organizations: Books Are Wings, Reach Out and Read Rhode Island or Ocean State Libraries!
We're honored to be able to support incredible organizations that give back to our community. Jean Paul Aracena, a Physical Therapist at our Pawtucket clinic, presented a check to Reach Out and Read Rhode Island and Dr. Nelken with the proceeds of our April to provide new books at every checkup for patients of Jenks Park Pediatrics in Central Falls. πŸ“–β 
Learn more about how you can support Reach Out & Read RI:
Simply reading aloud to your children strengthens their social, emotional, and character development. πŸ“– Dr. Will Campion from our Warren clinic reads "That's Not My Dinosaur" to his son, Miles and Dr. Jen Scuncio from our North Providence clinic reads "Baby's First Lift the Flap Playbook" to her daughter, Mila.

To learn more about the amazing work that Reach Out and Read Rhode Island does and how you can support them, visit
Thank you to our BlueAngel volunteers and employee business resource group members who helped sticker, sort and deliver 4,600 baby and children's books in partnership with Reach Out and Read Rhode Island. All the books delivered have appropriate representation, value diversity, promote equity, and are written in family language.
Did you know that what your children are learning when you read with them as babies still has an effect on their vocabulary and reading skills when they’re about to enter elementary school? πŸ“–β  Seekonk Clinic Director Dr. Kayla Barrett reads Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton to her son, Liam. ⁠
Learn more about Reach Out and Read Rhode Island and what you can do to support them here:
Our Dress Down Fridays this month are supporting Reach Out and Read Rhode Island and their work to set kids up for success by incorporating reading into their nightly routine. πŸ“– Dr. Brian Hay reads Robot Power! to his son, Brayden. What books are you reading to your kids at night?
Check out our own Dr. Thomas Barrett taking part in Reach Out and Read Rhode Island campaign to raise awareness about the importance of reading to your children.
Our Care To Wear beneficiary for April is Reach Out and Read Rhode Island. Their mission is to make aloud part of pediatric care so that families can make reading a bedtime routine at home. Learn more about how you can support them here:

Reach Out and Read Rhode Island partners with pediatric medical providers to encourage families to #

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Photos from Reach Out and Read Rhode Island's post 12/21/2022

The holiday season is a busy time for all of us, especially families. Presents, parties, music, special foods, visits from relatives and friends are part of the joy but for young children, who thrive on consistency and predictability, this time of year can be challenging. During these times, remember to take a deep breath, and say…



is a founding member of the Diverse Books for All coalition, supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Learn more the importance of diversity in picture books, how the coalition came together, our goals, and more in this article from Learning Nation -


Reach Out and Read Rhode Island would like to thank Wheaton College Massachusetts β€˜s Department of Philosophy for choosing our organization as a focus for their Fall 2022 term paper. We’re eager to read β€˜American Socio-Political Impacts on Early Childhood Reading Development’ paper, as well as the beautiful children books you gifted us. Thank You!πŸ“•πŸŽ“πŸ“—πŸ““πŸ“™


Award winning author and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Jason Reynolds talks about how important it is for young people to see themselves reflected in . At we believe that children need beginning at a well-care visit with their medical provider. When children see themselves in books, it gives them a sense of value and belonging in the world.

Photos from Reach Out and Read Rhode Island's post 12/09/2022

"A World Where Every Child is Read to Every Day!"
Help Reach Out and Read Rhode Island get that much closer to our fundraising goal by giving a gift today!

Photos from Reach Out and Read Rhode Island's post 12/08/2022

Today, the team kicked off the with some great , , and !!!
Thank you, Picard Falso for being such a great , and for always going above and beyond to make each one of us feel appreciated. πŸ“•πŸŽΌπŸ“—πŸ₯§πŸ“˜πŸ·


Check out this Lending Library at East Bay Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine! Thoughtfully designed and built with in mind, this little has a step so little ones can reach, bright and , quirky details. Looking for a place to share the your children have outgrown? A community lending library is a great option.πŸ“•πŸ“¬πŸ“—β€οΈπŸ“˜

Photos from Reach Out and Read Rhode Island's post 12/02/2022

Local students show Reach Out and Read Rhode Island that comes in all shapes and sizes.πŸ“•πŸ’™πŸ“—πŸ’œπŸ“™
Thank you to student volunteers from East Greenwich High School, La Salle Academy and the Wheeler School for helping us put our stickers on 2000 books!


Thank you to everyone who came out in support of !
Because of you, Reach Out and Read Rhode Island and so many other organizations (both big and small) are that much closer to reaching their mission.

Photos from Reach Out and Read Rhode Island's post 11/29/2022

You can make a this by giving a today!πŸ“•β€οΈπŸ©ΊπŸ§‘πŸ“—
When you make a gift to Reach Out and Read Rhode Island, you make it possible for to to their .
Your are used to purchase new and deliver them directly to medical providers throughout . $25 - Provides books for 1 child at every well-care visit for their first year.
$75 - Provides books for 1 child at every well-care visit for five years.
$125 - Provides over 50 books to a partnering medical provider.
$250 - Provides over 100 books to a partnering medical provider.

Photos from Reach Out and Read Rhode Island's post 11/24/2022

Even before a child can say, , we can help them experience as a daily practice.
Taking a moment each day to remind ourselves what we are for can help improve overall in children and adults.
Young children are keen observers of the that adults might not notice. Try asking them and you might be surprised at what they say. Happy Thanksgiving!πŸ“•πŸ“™πŸ“—πŸ“˜


Snuggle Puppy is here!
is a classic book loved by children and adults alike. Did you know that Boyton also put the to ? Listen here and you can it to your own snuggle puppy! or a familiar book is a great way to connect with your child AND you always have it with you wherever you go. πŸ“•β€οΈπŸ“•

Photos from POC Foundation's post 11/17/2022

We are thrilled to be a part of the POC family and to have been given the opportunity to network and learn alongside so many other great organizations.


Did you know that 'prescribing books' at regular well-child visits is proven to boost morale for our medical providers?!

Research shows that participating in Reach Out and Read actually improves medical providers' morale and satisfaction, improves patient-provider relationships, and helps foster a literacy-rich environment.

One provider is quoted saying, "Reach Out and Read is one of my favorite parts of my job, and I really enjoy supporting the implementation of the program at my clinic! I have found literacy messaging in primary care to be particularly powerful, and I enjoy empowering families to be more intentional about reading and literacy promotion at home."

Check out what the experts say here:


Happy Halloween!!!πŸˆβ€β¬›πŸ•·πŸŽƒπŸ‘»
Reach Out and Read Rhode Island wishes everyone a fun candy filled holiday, and if you have time read aloud one of these spooky . Enjoy!!!


As part of the National Reach Out and Read conference, we were able to visit the Books4School warehouse and see where the magic happens as they pull, prep and ship our orders. Our Program Coordinator, Bre, even did a little shopping! Thank you to Molly and Amy Fields for sharing their amazing family business with us!

Photos from Reach Out and Read Rhode Island's post 10/17/2022

From START to FINISH The Rhode Island Festival of Children's Books and Authors delivered!!!πŸ₯³πŸ“•πŸ“—πŸ“˜πŸ₯³
staff extends our gratitude to all the individuals who put in the to bring this event back to the , Lincoln School. We are thrilled to participate AGAIN next year. πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰


We’re excited to be participating in the The Rhode Island Festival of Children's Books and Authors at Lincoln School! Come meet some amazing authors and illustrators today from 9am-5pm.

Photos from Reach Out and Read Rhode Island's post 10/13/2022

Thanks for joining us at this year's Provider Appreciation event!!!
We'll be doing LOTS more of events. We can't wait to see you there.πŸ“•πŸŽ‰πŸ€©πŸ“•Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, Performance Physical Therapy, Rhode Island Primary Care Physicians Corporation


Below is the schedule for this event! Rhode Island Center for the Book Lincoln School
Our team looks forward to seeing you there.

Check out the Book Festival schedule for next Saturday and plan your day!

Photos from Reach Out and Read Rhode Island's post 10/10/2022

Happy !!!
This is not only a day of , but a day to . Here are some to today. Enjoy!!! πŸ“•πŸ“—πŸ“˜

Book Festival Kick Off 10/05/2022

Book Festival Kick Off

What a great way to kick off an amazing event!!!
Next Friday (10/14) 4:30 pm Lincoln School Music Center, Sonia Sotomayor (thru LIVE VIRTUAL conversation) will be kicking off The RI Festival of Children's Books & Authors.
***Every child who attends this event, in person, will receive a signed copy of one of Sonia Sotomayor's books. REGISTER TODAY,
Also, Reach Out and Read Rhode Island will have a table on Saturday, October 15th. Our team looks forward to seeing you!!!

Book Festival Kick Off The RI Center for the Book and the RI Festival of Children's Books and Authors invite you to a VIRTUAL LIVE event with Sonia Sotomayor.


It's month!
Check out just SOME of the we offer to partnering pediatricians.
In need??? Let your child's pediatrician know, and we'll be happy to supply them for your upcoming child's well-care visit.


In celebrating !
Please read, "My Shoes And I," by RenΓ© Colato LaΓ­nez and Fabricio Vanden Broeck.
A / book depicting the challenging journey one child takes to reunite with their loved ones. Enjoy!!!πŸ“•πŸ‘ŸπŸ“•

Timeline photos 09/29/2022

Looking for some / / activities to enjoy with your kiddos this !?!πŸπŸ‚πŸ
Check out some happenings at East Providence Public Library!!!

Timeline photos 09/23/2022


Happy !
A child’s mind begins to take shape on a loved one’s lap.
During the upcoming weeks, we’ll be sharing some for loved ones to . Enjoy!!!

Timeline photos 09/21/2022

Looking for new activities for your 2 -6 year old!!!
Be East Providence Public Library's guest, and join them on September 26th @ 6:30 for Storytime in the Children's Room at Weaver. Enjoy!!!!

Bonjour, East Providence! Weaver Library presents: Storytime with Beauty, the Bookish Princess. Her Royal Highness is our first special guest reader! Join Princess Beauty in the Children's Room at Weaver on Monday, September 26th at 6:30. We'd love for you to be our guest!

This storytime is geared for ages 2-6.

Photos from Reach Out and Read Rhode Island's post 09/15/2022

We're celebrating grandparents this week!
Here are some showcasing the special bond and unique shared between and their . Enjoy! πŸ“•πŸ“—πŸ“˜


Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. Reading aloud will help your child learn sounds, words and early literacy skills. Inspire your child to fall in love with reading. Register for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library here: (πŸ“Έ: Tracee T)

Photos from Hasbro Children's Hospital's post 09/14/2022

What a great event!!!!πŸ“•πŸŒΊπŸŒžπŸŒ·πŸ“•
Thank you Hasbro Children's Hospital for involving our organization.


RORRI is so excited to participate in this upcoming event.πŸ˜πŸ“•πŸ€©
We can't wait to see you all there!!!

We are back AND in person! Join us on OCTOBER 15th for The Rhode Island Festival of Children's Books and Authors at Lincoln School!

Gaia Cornwall Mary Jane BeginAnika Aldamuy Denise Christopher Denise Rita Lorraine Hubbard Kekla Magoon Juana Martinez-Neal Oge Mora Hayley Rocco John Rocco Bob Shea makes books Melissa Stewart Rhode Island Center for the Book Susannah Richards Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS) Tina Cane Rhode Island Children's Book Award

Photos from Reach Out and Read Rhode Island's post 09/05/2022

Happy Labor Day!!!πŸ› πŸ‘©β€πŸ”§βš’
Below are some to with your little ones to why today is a day of celebration. Enjoy!!!

Timeline photos 09/05/2022

Timeline photos

Grown-ups can help children grow in many different ways, including their love and appreciation for reading and writing!


Check out our September programs for kids!

Timeline photos 09/01/2022

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Videos (show all)

RORRI #childrensbooks
Silly Story Time Episode V
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Silly Story Time, Episode III
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