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Reach Out and Read

A note on this page's publication date

The last time we examined the charities working primarily in the U.S. was in 2010. As of 2011, we have de-prioritized further work on this cause. The content we created in 2010 appears below. This content is likely to be no longer fully accurate, both with respect to what it says about the organization and with respect to what it implies about our own views and positions.

Published: 2011

According to its website, "Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud."1 Reach Out and Read's program has been evaluated in multiple randomized controlled trials.2


  • Golova, N., et al. Literacy promotion for Hispanic families in a primary care setting: A randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics 1998; 103: 993-997.
  • High,. P., et al. Literacy promotion in primary care pediatrics: can we make a difference? Pediatrics 2000; 104:927-934.
  • Jones, V., et al. The value of book distribution in a clinic-based literacy intervention program. Clinical Pediatrics 2000; 39: 535-541.
  • 1. Reach Out and Read, "Reach Out and Read: About Us."
  • 2.
    • Golova et al. 1999
    • High et al. 2000
    • Jones 2000