Reach Out and Read Celebrates 30 Years!

2019 Marks the 30th Anniversary of Reach Out and Read

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30th Image 1In 1989, two forward-thinking doctors, Robert Needlman and Barry Zuckerman, together with early childhood educators Jean Nigro, Kathleen MacLean, and Kathleen Fitzgerald-Rice, introduced the first Reach Out and Read program at Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center). The group was inspired by the mothers and children they witnessed reading in the waiting room and how the energy around books brought such joy to these families. They wanted all families to experience the joy of connecting through reading aloud.



NeedlmanReach Out and Read's primary goal is to engage parents to be their child's first and most important teacher. Learning starts with reading in the home, from birth.






Zuckerman ResizeOver the last 30 years, Reach Out and Read has grown from 1 clinic, 2 pediatricians, and 500 children and families to 32,700 pediatric providers at 6,000 healthcare locations nationwide. Annually, the organizations impacts 4.7 million children through the distribution of more than 7 million new, developmentally and culturally appropriate books.





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To honor our past and look to the future, Reach Out and Read will be celebrating this milestone in the city where it all began - Boston! 

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Thursday, November 7 at Fenway Park

We invite the public--friends, stakeholders and supporters--to join us at Fenway Park for a Grand Slam Celebration in honor of our 30th Anniversary!

Join us in the unforgettable State Street Pavilion--this private club offers one of a kind views of the ballpark and the "Green Monster."  You will be able to tour the home of the 2018 World Series Champions Boston Red Sox and learn why Fenway is called "America's Most Beloved Ballpark."

The night will feature music performed by Coy Bowles.  Coy is best known as a member of three-time Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band.  Coy is also a celebrated children's book author and is deeply committed to the mission of Reach Out and Read.  


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We will also celebrate with two by invitation only events: 

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Wednesday, November 6 at Boston Public Library

Our 30th Anniversary Celebration starts with the Next Chapter Forum. This daylong gathering will bring national partners together with representatives of Reach Out and Read to inform our strategy for collaboration and research as part of the ROR vision for the next 30 years.  Please note this event is by special invitation only.  


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GoodmanThursday and Friday, November 7 - 8 at Boston Public Library

Each year, Reach Out and Read holds our National Leadership Conference for our medical champions, affiliate leaders and National Board of Directors from around the country.  This two-day conference, to be held Thursday, November 7th and Friday, November 8th, is a terrific opportunity for our network to convene, connect and push the conversation forward on the national level. The National Leadership Conference will kick off with Telling Our Story, an interactive presentation by internationally known storyteller Andy Goodman, which will enable us to more effectively share the Reach Out and Read message with our constituents. Please note this event is by special invitation only. 

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