Reach Out and Read is On the Air

Engaging conversations with experts in childhood health and literacy.

An award-winning podcast centered on the belief that children’s books build better brains, better family relationships, and happier, healthier children and societies. Join us as host Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, a pediatrician with a children’s librarianship degree dives into a wealth of varied early childhood health and literacy topics with expert guests examining the many facets of supporting the parent-child relationship as key to early success.

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Episode 108: “Introducing 35 for 35” May 16, 2024

Thirty-five years ago, Reach Out and Read was founded in one clinic in Boston as a route to supporting shared reading with young children at home. Today, we’re in all 50 states with 6200 program sites, comprising 8.8 million interactions through 7 million books. Marking that anniversary, and in partnership with Scholastic, we’ve created 35 for 35, a visionary, wide ranging collection of books that reflect our mission and the families and communities we serve.  Marty Martinez, CEO of Reach Out and Read,  Judy Newman, Chief Impact Officer at Scholastic, and Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney, the award-winning author and illustrator team behind one of the books in the collection, join us to talk about this incredible project.

  • Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney

    Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney are a New York Times bestselling couple who have made outstanding contributions to the field of children’s literature, both as individuals and as a team. Between them, they have published more than 70 children’s books, a rich treasury of words and images reflecting a wide range of interests for children – experiences that are both specific and universal.  The couple has been recognized among the “25 Most Influential People in Our Children’s Lives” by Children’s Health magazine. Their books have received the highest awards and accolades, including Caldecott Honor Medals, Coretta Scott King Awards, numerous NAACP Image Award nominations, and the Parenting Publications Gold Medal.  The Pinkneys are deeply committed to stories that reach children across cultures and experiences. They inspire thousands of kids, educators, and parents each year as they travel the globe providing interactive storytelling programs. (source: A. Pinkney)

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To the best of our knowledge, there is only one pediatrician anywhere who got a master’s in library science in the middle of his medical training, all to learn more about children’s literature. That is our host, Dr. Dipesh Navsaria. A practicing pediatrician in Wisconsin, Dr. Navsaria is the Medical Director of Reach Out and Read Wisconsin, Chair of the Early Literacy Subcommittee of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Early Childhood, and many other initiatives involving the psychosocial world of children, their families, and society, from policy to parenting support. A professor of pediatrics and of human development and family studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, he lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife, two children, two cats, a dog, and backyard chickens. He has a deep-seated dependence on wearing bowties, of which he owns far too many…but all of which he can tie without a mirror, in under a minute!

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