Good news, New York parents – you can now get books for your young children completely free! New York City has achieved a partnership deal with the Reach Out and Read program, and 200,000 bundles of books for babies will be delivered to young families over the next two years, at no cost. Similar early literacy programs have been appearing for a while across the U.S.
Reach Out and Read has already been introduced to parents in NYC hospitals, encouraging them to read to their children. At wellness check-ups, children up to 5 years of age are provided books available in ten different languages! Since the success of Reach Out and Read has been so massive, Bellevue has developed a similar program called Reach Out and Write.
We currently don’t have many details on the baby book bundles – we are not sure how large they will be, what books will be found inside, and in what languages. The exact date of the program’s launch is still unknown, as is whether or not the program will continue after the two years they’ve planned for now. The Associated Press reports that the donor of the books will be Scholastic, Inc, that they will be available to families with children under 3 years of age and that one of the books available in the bundle will be Love Is, “designed to encourage early childhood language development and establish strong bonds between parents and children.”