While Reach Out and Read has been helping families for the past 35 years, Marty Martinez became CEO only two years ago. He comes from a public health background, focusing on improving lives at the level of community. The importance of diverse books hits close to home for Martinez, since his son is a Black kid growing up with two dads.
“I believe that we create the representation we want to see,” Martinez said.
He said his household is one full of books, and he and his husband take turns reading to their son every day before bed. Martinez sees it both as a learning opportunity and as a time to bond and connect over a story. And these books have an impact beyond bedtime.
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