It’s Not Just Us: The Importance of Early Childhood Literacy

  Too Small to Fail by Nicolas Kristof, The New York Times JUNE 2, 2016 CreditKarsten Moran for The New York Times  First, a quiz: What’s the most common “vegetable” eaten by American toddlers? Answer: The French fry. The same study that unearthed that nutritional tragedy also found that on any given day, almost half of American [...]

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Chicago Public Library Giving Away 1 Million Books

Who doesn’t love a free book?  As part of it’s annual Summer Reading program, the Chicago Public Libraries are offering something a little different this year.  Each year, the Library features a special program to encourage children to read over the long break from school.  Rahm’s Little Readers Summer Learning Challenge is designed for kids ages [...]

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2016-2017 Readathon Toolkit

The First Annual Curie High School/Reach Out and Read Illinois Readathon was held May 31 to June 3, 2016.   Curie High School is located in the Archer Heights neighborhood on the southwest side of Chicago. Over 400 freshman English students and other Chicago Curie students earned service hours by reading for 50 minutes each [...]

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ROR Illinois Chair Receives Award

Mariana Glusman, Chair of Reach Out and Read Illinois, recently received the Gretchen Hunsberger Award.  The award honors a doctor or other medical provider who has been an extraordinary clinician and whose exemplary personal and professional medical leadership has helped make Reach Out and Read a leader.  Mariana has worked for years to support ROR-IL [...]

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Reach Out and Read Illinois Presents the Readathon Toolkit

Reach Out and Read Illinois has developed a Readathon Toolkit to help schools plan and implement a Readathon to benefit their own school library and to help children and families living in poverty get access to books.  Reach Out and Read Illinois is looking for schools and other community partners to do Readathons in 2013-2014.  Click [...]

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The Playground Improv Marathon: 30 Hours of Comedy Benefiting Child Literacy

30 Hours of Comedy Benefiting Child Literacy “5 Actors. 30 Hours. No Script. No Sleep. No Sanity.” When: 5 p.m. Friday, November 30 – 11 p.m. Saturday, December 1 Cost: $5-$10 per hour-long show, $25 for a full 30-hour pass On November 30th – December 1st at the Playground Theater, local improv troupe K.C. Redheart [...]

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Congressman Dold Visits Lake County Health Department

    Representative Dold Reads Aloud to Young Children at the Lake County Health Department’s North Chicago Health Center in Support of Reach Out and Read School Readiness Program Representative Dold visited the  Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center’s North Chicago Community Health Center, not only to cheer them on, but to practice [...]

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NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, featuring Scott Air Force Base

On October 11,2011, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams featured a story on Reach Out and Read’s Military Initiative.  The piece was filmed at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, a Reach Out and Read Illinois Site.  Please click here to view the video clip. Reading aloud to children is a proven technique to help [...]

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Congresswoman Biggert Vists Downers Grove Site

Representative Judy Biggert Reads Aloud to Young Children at Downers Grove Pediatrics in Support of Reach Out and Read’s Summer of a Million Books Campaign Representative Judy Biggert (IL-13) visited Downers Grove Pediatrics to practice what doctors preach by reading to a group of young patients.  Pediatricians and nurses at the site are sending families [...]

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Congressman Encourages Early Childhood Education with Reach Out and Read Illinois Site Vist

    The second week of August each year is dedicated to recognizing the service and contribution of Community Health Centers in providing access to affordable, high quality, cost-effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people in theUnited States.  On Monday, August 8, 2011, Congressman Adam Kinzinger, Illinois’ 11th Congressional District Representative, read to [...]

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