30 for 30

Help Us Reach 5 Million Children in Our 30th Year

Reach Out and Read plays a critical role in the lives of young children and their families.

And we want to share the benefits of reading aloud with every child everywhere. Over the past 30 years, we’ve grown from a single hospital to more than 6,400 sites—from dozens of participating children to more than 4.8 million each year. But there are more than 15 million children under the age of 5 we don’t reach—and millions of caregivers who still need our help to ensure the children in their lives receive the care, attention, and benefits of reading aloud that will allow them to achieve their greatest potential.

Make a Gift

We believe all families should have the tools and information they need to make reading aloud a daily routine.

Make a Commitment – Make an Impact

In our 30th year, Reach Out and Read has taken on an ambitious goal of reaching 5 million children. We are a national network of more than 34,000 medical providers in 6,400 participating across the U.S. sharing the power of reading with families of all backgrounds and economic means, helping them make reading a part of their daily lives.

How to Get Involved

  • Start a Fundraiser.

    The internet has made our ability to connect with friends, family, and community easier than ever before. Crowd-funding is a simple solution that exemplifies the term, “many hands make light work” by connecting with your community to provide more children and families the resources they need.

    There are so many reasons to celebrate and here are a few ideas to get you started on your first fundraiser:
    1. Bake sale
    2. Donate your birthday or other special occasion
    3. Car wash
    4. Book club gathering
    5. Charity run


    Ready to Get Started

    Download your toolkit here

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  • Host a Virtual Book Drive.

    At Reach Out and Read, we believe all children should grow up learning a love of reading on the laps of people who love them. That’s why our doctors work with parents every day to demonstrate the value of reading aloud and beginning basic math concepts. They share so many books each year—7 Million—and that’s why we need YOU! When you donate books through Reach Out and Read’s Virtual Book Drive, you provide over 34,000 medical practitioners across the United States with the tools they need to promote reading aloud every day. Ready to get started?


    Download your toolkit here.

    Start your own virtual book drive

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  • Other Ways to Give.

    Want to learn more about other options for fundraising on our behalf? Contact Director of Development Operations,  Brenna Melo

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