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With 257 participating sites in medical clinics across Wisconsin, we provide more than 171,000 children and their families in 55 counties with books and resources to empower parents as their child’s first and best teacher.
Reach Out and Read is a two generation intervention built and backed by science and a 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 a child’s brain development.
Read our latest impact report.
“I would rather walk into a child’s regular checkup without my stethoscope than without a book.”
Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD
Reach Out and Read Medical Director, Wisconsin
THE POWER OF PARTNERSHIPS
Reach Out and Read Wisconsin is supported by trusted pediatricians, residents and medical providers across the state who give their time, talents and expertise to help support parents in preparing their children for success in school and in life.
Corporate, Foundation and Government Support
Roots & Wings Foundation
State of Wisconsin
TJX FoundationClose window
Health System Partners
UW American Family Children’s HospitalClose window
Individual Donors $500 +
Dipesh NavsariaClose window
$250 – $499
Madison Monona Lioness Activity FundClose window
Book Buddies (monthly donors)
Maureen and Charles Adams
Cori ThiermannClose window
All About Books
Scholastic, Inc.Close window
Cooperative Children’s Book Center
Reach Out and Read Partners – Fox Cities
Reach Out and Read Partners – Manitowoc County
United Way of Greater Chippewa Valley
Wisconsin Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
Wisconsin Literacy, Inc.
Wisconsin Public Library SystemClose window
Sarah Barton, Acelero Learning
Ann Cooksey, Appleton Public Library
Molly Cousin, MD, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers
Matthew Crespin, MPH, RDH, Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin
Jessica Doyle, Retired educator, Former First Lady of Wisconsin
Michele Erikson, Wisconsin Literacy, Inc.
David Gerhard, MD, Gundersen Health System
Susanne Krasovich, MD, ProHealth Care
Linda Leonhart, MS, ABD, Retired, Former State Collaboration Director, Head Start Consultant, WI Department of Public Instruction
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Children’s Cooperative Book Center
Wendy Molaska, MD, FAAFP, Dedicated Family Care
Mary Morgan, Reading Group Choices
Colleen Murphy, PhD, Community Early Childhood Systems Building Start EarlyClose window
In addition to our medical community, we are extremely grateful to our state, community, foundation partners and individuals that help us reach more children each year.
Meet our team
Reach Out and Read Wisconsin Phone Number
3045 Oak Leaf Circle Fitchburg, WI 53711
Karin Mahony, MEd, MSW, Executive Director
Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD, Medical Director
Amber Bloom, MSW, Program Manager
Julie Dorshorst, Program Manager
Lisa Falduto, Program Director
Alexandria Rogers, Program Manager
Sandie Thao, Program Manager
Cori Thiermann, Development Director