Reach Out and Read Georgia
Reach Out and Read Georgia
Each and every gift, no matter the amount, will help set a child up for success – in school and in life. Now more than ever we need your support.

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Investing in Impact.

With 172 medical program sites at hospitals, clinics and doctor’s offices across Georgia, we provide more than 156,865 children and their families in 61 counties with free books and resources that promote early childhood literacy.

Our evidence-based model is backed by a large and growing body of academic research. We utilize the existing medical infrastructure, to encourage supportive, educational conversations with parents on the importance of reading aloud and the impact on children’s brain development.

Our Program
Reach Out and Read Georgia gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.
children served annually
program sites
books distributed annually
More than 200,000 children under the age of 5 lives in poverty in Georgia.
Give the gift of reading aloud to a child in need.
Resources for Georgia families
Supporting Georgia Families

This is a trying time for our communities, our nation, and the world. And yet, our mission and the work we do is just as critical, if not more so during challenging times. We have compiled a list of local resources for Georgia families.

Parenting During a Pandemic

Resources on the Impact of Racism on Children


Reach Out and Read is supported by hundreds of trusted pediatricians, residents, and medical providers across Georgia who give their time, talents, and expertise to help prepare children living in low-income communities for success in school and in life.

In addition to our medical community, we are extremely grateful to our corporate partners, grant families and individuals that help us reach more children each year. To read our 2019-2020 Year in Review,

  • Foundation Support

    Atlanta Braves Foundation

    Bobbie Bailey Foundation

    CareSource Foundation

    Francis Hollis Brain Foundation Fund

    Georgia DECA

    Greater Valdosta United Way

    James Hyde Porter Charitable Trust

    Jesse Parker Williams Foundation

    John and Mary Franklin Foundation

    Pediatric Center for Wellness

    Pi Beta Phi Foundation


    Scott Hudgens Family Foundation

    St. Ives Charity Guild

    St. Simons Island Literary Guild

    The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

    The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area

    The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

    The Community Foundation of Northeast Georgia

    The Goizueta Foundation

    The James Hyde Porter Charitable Trust Foundation

    The James M. Cox Foundation

    The Imlay Foundation

    The Macy’s Foundation

    The United Way of Greater Atlanta

    The Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation

    The United Way of Hall County

    The United Way of Northeast Georgia

    The Zeist Foundation

    Walmart Foundation

    Women in Philanthropy

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  • Government Support

    State Government Support

    Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS)

    Georgia Department of Public Health

    Georgia Department of Public Health – Project Launch

    Georgia State Charitable Giving Campaign
    County Government Support

    Fulton County “Funding provided in part by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Department of Community Development CSP Program”

    Fulton County ARPA

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  • Corporate Support

    Children’s Hospital of Georgia

    Conyers’s Pediatrics

    Honoring Dr. Terri McFadden Campaign

    Intown Pediatrics

    Kaiser Permanente Georgia

    Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition

    Milestone Pediatrics

    NCR Corporation

    Northpoint Community Church

    Old Fourth Ward Pediatrics


    Pitney Bowes

    Primrose Schools

    Publix Super Markets Charities

    Southern Pediatric Clinic

    Upson Regional Medical Center

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  • Individual Support

    Individual Support $500+

    Audrey Morgan

    Andrew Godfrey-Kittle

    Betsy Root

    Bo Lee

    Cami Nail

    Dan King

    Jay Berkelhamer, MD, FAAP

    John Upchurch

    Jonathan Goodin

    Karen Hirsch

    Kereese Gayle-Farias, MD, FAAP

    Lisa Nolan

    Lynn Floum

    Marguerite Watanabe

    Terri McFadden, MD, FAAP

    Virginia Cochran
    Individual Support $25,000+

    Stephanie Blank

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  • In-Kind Donations

    All About Books

    Barnes and Noble (Mansell, Perimeter, The Avenue Forsyth, Shoppes at River Crossing, The Avenue West Cobb, Riverbend Market, Augusta, Southlake Morrow)

    Books A Million (Brunswick, Canton, Dalton, Gainesville, McDonough)

    Books for Keeps

    Books Warehouse

    Collective Goods

    DeKalb Summer Reading Club led by the DeKalb Junior League

    First Book

    Pi Beta Phi (First Book donation)

    Mayor’s Summer Reading Club led by GEEARS

    Reading is Fundamental


    Workman Publishing

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  • Strategic Partnerships

    Books for Keeps

    Brain Trust 4 Babies

    Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning

    Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

    Child Well-Being led by the United Way of Greater

    Georgia Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics

    Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS)

    Georgia Public Library System

    Get Georgia Reading Campaign

    Georgia Coalition for English Language Learners

    Junior League of Atlanta


    Mayor’s Summer Reading Club

    Read With Malcolm

    Resilient Georgia

    Science for Georgia

    Talk With Me Baby Campaign

    The Annie E. Casey Foundation

    The Atlanta Speech School

    The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians

    The United Way of Greater Atlanta

    Young Men’s Service League, Centennial Chapter

    Voices for Georgia’s Children



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We want to hear from you!

Georgia’s Executive Director, Amy Erickson provides local leadership and sets strategic priorities for all aspects of our program. Erickson focuses on cultivating key strategic and funding partnerships as well as providing direction to our dynamic and growing programmatic and development team.

Georgia’s Medical Director, Dr. Terri McFadden provides further direction to the program and advocates about the importance of fostering a love of reading in the existing healthcare infrastructure thus bridging the intersection between health and education.

Our dedicated Program Managers provide technical support to our partner medical sites across the state to ensure fidelity to the model.

Our impact is significant and only made possible through our partnerships with over 1,400 pediatricians, providers, and medical staff across the state who implement our early school readiness and brain development intervention voluntarily to the children and families under their care.

Reach Out and Read Georgia Team Members


Amy B. Erickson, Executive Director

Contact Amy Erickson


Terri McFadden, MD, FAAP, Medical Director

Contact Terri McFadden

Karson Pennington, Literacy Ambassador, Miss Georgia 2021

Ann Hazzard, Ph.D., Medical Engagement Consultant

Lorrie Stafford, Development Director

Contact Lorrie Stafford

Gail Phillips, Program Manager

Contact Gail Phillips

Karolina Klinker, Program Manager

Contact Karolina Klinker

Mia Neal, Program Manager

Contact Mia Neal