Reach Out and Read

"If we wait until kids are in school, it's too late."
Reading builds motivation, curiosity and memory. It nurtures children and encourages them to form a positive association with books and reading later in life.
Read to your children every day, beginning at birth. If you do, there's a strong chance they'll become good readers and in turn, develop a love of reading that will carry them through school, work, and beyond.
Although the show went off the air in 2009, Reading Rainbow lives on -- in digital form. In June, Burton launched the Reading Rainbow app through Apple. The interactive app brings high-quality books, videos, and animation to children in a format that mimics the classic television show.
I recently had the chance to chat with first lady Daniels about her favorite books, her thoughts on the importance of reading rituals, and how she's helping to ensure that the children of Indiana grow up as successful readers.
I was honored to recently have the chance to chat with Walter Dean Myers about his position as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, his own background, and his dreams for our nation's children.
Melissa Harris-Perry is a brilliant political science professor at Tulane University, dynamic commentator, and national advocate for social justice and education equity.
"What you realize -- and this is the thing about kids -- is that you can read the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over and they still love it. It gives you lifelong connections that you can't even begin to imagine."
As the founder of two nonprofits and the CEO of a third, I've thought long and hard about how we, as a community, can make this year different than the past few.
During this holiday season, as we give to family and friends, we must not forget children who are growing up in poverty, the homeless, and others who may not have the resources they need.
Recently, I had the chance to sit down with the Senator and ask him about his passion for early literacy and reading. This Thanksgiving, Reach Out and Read is thankful for Senator Jack Reed.
In the six months since, her mother, Staff Sergeant Janet Atkins, 24, has been using reading and books keep the family bonds - and routines - strong.
Despite a reduction in our federal funding this year, Reach Out and Read is working harder than ever to ensure that the next census report shows that every child under 5 is read to daily.
"Through reading, parents create the foundation that will allow their children to fulfill their potential in all things in life. If their children are successful in reading, then they are going to be successful in school -- and eventually in life."
Welcome our "Summer of a Million Books" into your family. Make it yours. Be part of this greater effort to ensure that come fall, every child returns to school ready and prepared to excel.
We were thrilled that Reach Out and Read was on the short list of national education organizations asked to work with Joining Forces.
Dr. Steve Perry shares his thoughts on school readiness, the role of community involvement in education, and keys to Capital Preparatory Magnet School's success.
As a child, Byron Pitts was functionally illiterate and spoke with a stutter. Today, he is an Emmy-winning Chief National Correspondent for CBS News and Contributing Correspondent to 60 Minutes.
Books are the cornerstone of education -- and so much more. The first stories children read are the ones that help mold them into the adults they will become.
The transition from third to fourth grade has long been seen as the bridge between "learning to read" to "reading to learn." Unfortunately, millions of American children fail to cross this bridge on time.