In 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.
Reach 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.
Over 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
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!
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."
Please stay tuned for information on how to get your
tickets for this special evening.
(Image via Fooder Boston)
We will also celebrate with two by invitation
Tuesday, November 6 at Boston Public
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.
(Image via the Boston Public Library)
Thursday and Friday, November 7 - 8 at Boston
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
(Image via the Goodman Foundation)
Book Your Stay
Boston Marriot Copley Place
Fairmont Copley Plaza
Sheraton Boston Hotel
Interested in becoming a sponsor for Reach Out and Read's 30th
Anniversary Celebration? Click here for more information.