Reach Out and Read Washington
Reach Out and Read Washington
Reach Out and Read's two-generation intervention supports parent and child bonding, early brain development, and a life-long love of learning.

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Investing in Impact.

Through over 240 program sites in medical clinics across Washington, we provide more than 130,000 children and their families in 30 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 Washington promotes child development and health through well-child checkups in the existing medical system with an intervention that has the potential to reach all Washington children.
131,000
children served annually
241
program sites
216,000
books distributed annually
We envision a world where all parents have daily, meaningful, language-rich interactions with their children.
Give the gift of Reach Out and Read to a Washington family today.
Get Involved

Reach Out and Read Washington is made up of dedicated and generous supporters and volunteers. We hope you will join us in making reading a priority for the children and families of Washington—whether by donating to the organization, volunteering or by starting a site at your own clinical practice, your contributions make a difference.

The Power of Partnerships

Reach Out and Read Washington could not serve the tens of thousands of families it does annually without the help of generous corporate, foundation, individual and government partners. We are grateful to every individual and entity that helps us fulfill our mission to give young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

  • Corporate, Foundation, and Government Support
    • Bamford Family Foundation
    • Colville Public Library Improvement Club
    • Kiwanis Club of Centralia-Chehalis
    • Libraries of Stevens County Foundation
    • Lummi Nation-Lhaq’temish Foundation
    • Names Foundation
    • Naval Base Kitsap Religious Offering Fund
    • Pitney Bowes Corporation
    • Rotary Club of Colville
    • Rotary Tacoma #8
    • Snoqualmie Tribe Fund
    • Stolte Family Foundation
    • Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund
    • Umpqua Bank
    • Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families
    • Washington State Chapter NAPNAP
    • Weyerhaeuser
    • The Wharton Foundation
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  • In-Kind Donors
    • All About Books
    • Fox Rothschild LLP
    • Deloitte
    • Scholastic
    • Shelley Sleeper
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  • Strategic Partners
    • Early Learning Action Alliance
    • Essentials for Childhood Initiative
    • First 5 FUNdamentals
      King County Early Learning Coalition
    • Washington Communities for Children
    • Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
    • Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families
    • Washington STEM
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  • Library Partners
    • Davenport Library
    • Ellensburg Public Library
    • Hesseltine Library
    • King County Library System
    • North Central Regional Library
    • Reardan Public Library
    • Seattle Public Library
    • Spokane County Library District
    • Timberland Regional Library
    • Walla Walla County Rural Library District
    • Walla Walla Public Library
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We want to hear from you!

Whether you have a question about our program, how to get involved, want to donate books, or learn about Reach Out and Read sites, we want to hear from you. Our team is ready to answer you questions.

Jessica Mortensen, Executive Director
Contact Jessica Mortensen
206-524-3579

Mary Ann Woodruff, MD, FAAP, Medical Director
Contact Mary Ann Woodruff

Hannah Slaughter, Program Director
Contact Hannah Slaughter

Ron Asher, Medical and Community Engagement Manager
Contact Ron Asher

Jessica Yattaw, Program Specialist
Contact Jessica Yattaw

Jenifer Priest, Development and Administrative Assistant
Contact Jenifer Priest