News from NJ

Great stuff going on around the Garden State



Reach Out and Read New Jersey was thrilled to be part of First Lady Tammy Murphy's Family Festival in Paterson where we distributed more than 300 books. 


  Tammy Murphy First Lady Paterson kids family books fun

Pictured is (left to right) Haskell Berman, VP of Healthcare Institute of NJ - generous donor to RORNJ, First Lady Tammy Murphy, ROR Director Kim Byam and Dr. Usha Ramachandran, RORNJ's Medical Director.


Kim and Haskell 

Reach Out and Read New Jersey appreciates our doctors, donors and the families we serve!





Thank you SWEET READS!  We have the BEST community partners!

SWEET READS assists children in underserved and underfunded communities by providing free age appropriate books as well as conducting engaging literacy events.  We believe that an early love of and engagement with reading, will assist the children we serve in every aspect of development. Academic performance, imagination, creativity, compassion and confidence can all be developed and strengthened through accessibility to age appropriate, diverse reading materials.

SWEET READS partners with community organizations and schools to distribute the books to children to aid in their missions of strengthening early literacy and love of reading.  


SWEET READS logo donated books for kids


Osborn Family Health Center inspires kids to read on Valentine's Day!

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Osborn Family Health Center in Camden has promoted early reading in Pediatrics since 1996 as one of the first Reach Out and Read programs in NJ.  

Diane Hines-Cooper paired up with the Behavioral Health team at Osborn to promote the message "When children are read to by people they love, children learn to love books."  Diane donated over 100 bags stuffed with a fuzzy lab blanket, a stuffed animal, and a new book to give out to children attending Osborn Family Health Center.   Giving out books, doctors "prescribing reading" and events like this make visiting Pediatrics exciting and send a heartfelt message to parents that Osborn cares about their children in many more ways than just the medical care they receive.



We are always thrilled to welcome new program sites to our ever growing team of dedicated healthcare professionals.

Welcome Forest Hill Family Health Associates, the office of Dr. Indu Madhok, the office of Dr. Michele Segal, Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Pediatrics, Morristown Medical Center Family Medicine and Morristown Family Health Center.



Three cheers for Pequannock High School's  Future Business Leaders of America !


boy reading to group of kids fun holidays activities FBLA

Located in northern New Jersey, the Pequannock Future Business Leaders of America Chapter organized two literacy events for elementary students, which featured  group storytime and crafts for kids to celebrate the holiday season. Each child received a reindeer goodie bag with pencils, pens and  post-it notes along with a color-your-own bookmark, highlighting information about Reach Out and Read New Jersey on the back. In addition, through school fundraising events such as selling teacher appreciation packages, the group collected donations at this year's Teacher Lip Sync Battle. Pequannock Township High School was able to raise over $170 towards a Virtual Book Drive!  

vertical FBLA high school event picture kids rasing awareness for the community kids love to read books 

Future Business Leaders of America is the largest student run organization in the country! One of the main goals of the Pequannock chapter is to develop a multitude of community service projects that involves our schools and whole town to help improve and solve problems within our community. This year, Pequannock was happy to partner with Reach Out and Read New Jersey to help advocate childhood literacy. 

 FBLA girl smiling bookmarks kids created storytime holidays fun activities




Reach Out and Read NJ is grateful for our new partnership  with the Allergan Foundation.  Director Kim Byam received a contribution check of $7,500 for our local Reach Out and Read programs from Gwyn Grenrock, Executive Director of The Allergan Foundation and Susan Stone, Foundation Board Member and Executive Director, Alliance Advocacy, at a reception in late September. 



Girl Scouts are making a difference one project at a time! 

Sabrina is a 14 year old Girl Scout pursuing her Silver Award.  The Girl Scout Silver Award promotes leadership and challenges the applicant to explore their community, identify issues that are important to them, develop a project and take action....all with the goal of making a difference in the world.   Sabrina learned about the Reach Out and Read program and was hooked!  Being able to share her love of reading with so many families was the opportunity that she was looking for.  She was saddened to realize that not all children have ready access to books and that not all families understand the value of reading to young children. She visited local businesses and posted her flyer to generate donations. In the meantime, she canvassed the neighborhood with flyers and began collecting donations from her friends and family.  Sabrina is an exceptional young lady that demonstrates commitment, knowledge, compassion and leadership.  In total Sabrina has invested over 58 hours towards her book-drive and is proud to have collected over 601 books to be shared with young children and their families through Reach Out and Read. 

 girl scout awesome book drive to help kids read donations silver award


Aaaaaah summertime! 

This summer Kaitlyn, an extraordinary 9 year-old from Ogdensburg, and her little brother, Justin, had a lemonade stand in her neighborhood and sent all the proceeds to Reach Out and Read! Kaitlyn's commitment and compassion proved contagious -- her lemonade stand was visited by one of the community's police officers, the Chief of the Fire Department and folks from the First Aid Squad. We are so grateful to Kaitlyn, her family and the truly remarkable community of Ogdensburg! 

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 Goddard school kids love books donate donation book drive

Little kids doing BIG things!  Thank you Goddard Schools for the very successful, multi school book drive! Thirteen Goddard Schools together collected and delivered 9,051 new and gently used books to various Reach Out and Read pediatric offices. Big thank you to the following schools:  Dayton, Wayne, Spotswood, Old Bridge 1, Old Bridge 2, Norwood, Fanwood, Fairfield, North Brunswick, Elmwood Park, Paramus, Piscataway and Englewood Cliffs.



Girl Scouts ROCK! Especially Troop 40215 from Union. Mahi Pediatrics was thrilled to receive the books you collected for them. THANK YOU! 



We LOVE our IKEA volunteer readers!

Thank you for sharing your time, enthusiasm and support by truly making a difference with the kids in Burlington County. Each child received an extra book that day courtesy of IKEA Distribution Services North America located in Westampton. Thank you for this wonderful partnership!


IKEA two book kids floor family fun


IKEA volunteer readers kids sharing books fun                  







Welcome to our coalition:

Horizon Health Center in Jersey City

Overlook Family Medicine in Summit

Newark Department of Health & Community Wellness in Newark

Inspira Medical Group, Millville Family Medicine in Millville




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We are so grateful to Charlotte from West Berlin for collecting 1303 books for kids in South Jersey. Charlotte had dream and made it a reality. Truly inspirational!  Click on the picture  above to watch the story!



Clifton girl book drive Paterson kids with friendsIsabella, a 5th grade student from Clifton Public Schools and 2 of her classmates collected 1016 gently used books for our medical providers to give to kids living in the Paterson area. You go girls! Thank you for this much needed, incredible donation! 

car full of books for paterson book drive friends school



We are always in need of good quality, gently used childrens books, especially board books. Please nothing ripped, scribbled in or too loved! We will connect you to the closest program site in need to make delivery easier for you. Contact us for more information!




Thanks to the amazing customers that frequent the Faber News Now stores, The Children's Regional Center at Cooper University Hospital will receive 2191 brand new books!!!l! This office has been participating in the Reach Out and Read program since 1998 and serves 5740 kids ages 6 months through 5 years of age. Thank you Faber News Now for this generous donation! 



New kids on the block. We are thrilled to welcome 2 new practices to our growing coalition: Jewish Renaissance Medical Center at Central High School and Jewish Renaissance Medical Center at Barringer High School both located in Newark. WELCOME ABOARD!

  Local New Jersey Impact
97 Reach Out and Read Programs
59,144 Children Served Annually
88,748 Books Distributed Annually
U.S. Totals
4.7 million
children served annually

Reach Out and Read's thousands of doctors and nurses promote early literacy and school readiness to young children and their families in all 50 states. Each year, medical providers at the nearly 5,000 Reach Out and Read program sites nationwide distribute 6.5 million books to children and invaluable literacy advice to parents.

Contact Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read National Center
89 South St, Suite 201
Boston, MA 02111