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Give a gift with meaning this Mother's Day!

Many of us are left scrambling at the beginning of May trying to figure out something to give to our moms. Did you know we will spend $19 billion on flowers and chocolate on this special day, but what moms really want is to be together with their children, safe and loved.

Make a donation to Reach Out and Read Carolinas in honor of that special person in your life. For all donations made by May 8th, we will send a Mother's Day card to your honoree to let her know about the gift you made in her honor. A gift to Reach Out and Read impacts children and families in local communities throughout the Carolinas.


By changing the way parents interact with their children daily around laguage and literacy, we will
prepare children for lifelong success.

Bedtime Stories for Young Brains
A little more than a year ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement saying that all pediatric primary care should include literacy promotion, starting at birth.

That means pediatricians taking care of infants and toddlers should routinely be advising parents about how important it is to read to even very young children. The policy statement, which I wrote with Dr. Pamela C. High, included a review of the extensive research on the links between growing up with books and reading aloud, and later language development and school success.

But while we know that reading to a young child is associated with good outcomes, there is only limited understanding of what the mechanism might be. Two new studies examine the unexpectedly complex interactions that happen when you put a small child on your lap and open a picture book. Read the full article