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Reach Out and Read

Read Every Day: A Healthy Prescription for Your Child

Dr Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD | Posted 12.23.2013 | Parents
Dr Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD

Reading builds motivation, curiosity and memory. It nurtures children and encourages them to form a positive association with books and reading later in life.

Raising a New Generation of Readers

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 03.25.2013 | Impact
Earl Martin Phalen

Read to your children every day, beginning at birth. If you do, there's a strong chance they'll become good readers and in turn, develop a love of reading that will carry them through school, work, and beyond.

A Television Classic Meets the Digital Age

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 02.13.2013 | Books
Earl Martin Phalen

Although the show went off the air in 2009, Reading Rainbow lives on -- in digital form. In June, Burton launched the Reading Rainbow app through Apple. The interactive app brings high-quality books, videos, and animation to children in a format that mimics the classic television show.

Cheri Daniels and the Scholastic Summer Challenge

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 09.17.2012 | Impact
Earl Martin Phalen

I recently had the chance to chat with first lady Daniels about her favorite books, her thoughts on the importance of reading rituals, and how she's helping to ensure that the children of Indiana grow up as successful readers.

The Importance of Literacy: A Q & A With Author Walter Dean Myers

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 07.10.2012 | Education
Earl Martin Phalen

I was honored to recently have the chance to chat with Walter Dean Myers about his position as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, his own background, and his dreams for our nation's children.

Melissa Harris-Perry, a Q & A on Literacy, Parenting, and Politics

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 05.09.2012 | Media
Earl Martin Phalen

Melissa Harris-Perry is a brilliant political science professor at Tulane University, dynamic commentator, and national advocate for social justice and education equity.

The Joy of Reading Can Take You So Many Places: A Chat With Gayle King

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 02.02.2012 | Parents
Earl Martin Phalen

"What you realize -- and this is the thing about kids -- is that you can read the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over and they still love it. It gives you lifelong connections that you can't even begin to imagine."

Looking Ahead: How We Can Make 2012 the Year of the Nonprofit

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 03.20.2012 | Impact
Earl Martin Phalen

As the founder of two nonprofits and the CEO of a third, I've thought long and hard about how we, as a community, can make this year different than the past few.

Unforgettable Moments

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 12.15.2011 | Impact
Earl Martin Phalen

During this holiday season, as we give to family and friends, we must not forget children who are growing up in poverty, the homeless, and others who may not have the resources they need.

Senator Reed and the Importance of Reading

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 01.18.2012 | Education
Earl Martin Phalen

Recently, I had the chance to sit down with the Senator and ask him about his passion for early literacy and reading. This Thanksgiving, Reach Out and Read is thankful for Senator Jack Reed.

Keeping Bonds Strong Through Books: One Family's Story of Deployment

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 12.14.2011 | Impact
Earl Martin Phalen

In the six months since, her mother, Staff Sergeant Janet Atkins, 24, has been using reading and books keep the family bonds - and routines - strong.

Making Progress in the Fight Against Illiteracy

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 11.06.2011 | Impact
Earl Martin Phalen

Despite a reduction in our federal funding this year, Reach Out and Read is working harder than ever to ensure that the next census report shows that every child under 5 is read to daily.

Q&A With Dr. Katie Swec on the Importance of Reading

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 09.30.2011 | Education
Earl Martin Phalen

"Through reading, parents create the foundation that will allow their children to fulfill their potential in all things in life. If their children are successful in reading, then they are going to be successful in school -- and eventually in life."

School's out... but Parenting's Always on

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 08.29.2011 | Impact
Earl Martin Phalen

Welcome our "Summer of a Million Books" into your family. Make it yours. Be part of this greater effort to ensure that come fall, every child returns to school ready and prepared to excel.

Joining Forces to Support Our Military Families

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 07.24.2011 | Impact
Earl Martin Phalen

We were thrilled that Reach Out and Read was on the short list of national education organizations asked to work with Joining Forces.

Principal Perry Shares How His School Sends 100 Percent Of Students To College

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Earl Martin Phalen

Dr. Steve Perry shares his thoughts on school readiness, the role of community involvement in education, and keys to Capital Preparatory Magnet School's success.

Byron Pitts On Overcoming Illiteracy, The Power Of Parents

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 06.06.2011 | Education
Earl Martin Phalen

As a child, Byron Pitts was functionally illiterate and spoke with a stutter. Today, he is an Emmy-winning Chief National Correspondent for CBS News and Contributing Correspondent to 60 Minutes.

You are What You Read

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Earl Martin Phalen

Books are the cornerstone of education -- and so much more. The first stories children read are the ones that help mold them into the adults they will become.

The Campaign to Close the Achievement Gap

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Earl Martin Phalen

The transition from third to fourth grade has long been seen as the bridge between "learning to read" to "reading to learn." Unfortunately, millions of American children fail to cross this bridge on time.

Success Through Summer Learning

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Earl Martin Phalen

If we really want to help all of our children fulfill their tremendous innate potential, summer must be a season for learning.

Brooklyn Role Model Parent Shares Advice

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Earl Martin Phalen

In light of our educational aspirations for children, it's important that we recognize committed parents and outstanding community educators like Claudia Aristy.

Clifford The Big Red Literacy Champion

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Earl Martin Phalen

Behind the magical dog is his creator, Norman Bridwell. The Indiana native dreamed up Clifford in 1962. I sat down with Bridwell in advance of the Big Red Dog's 50th.

Gayle King and Parental Involvement

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Earl Martin Phalen

A great example and advocate of continual parental involvement is Gayle King, the host of the Gayle King Radio Show.

Not All Earmarks Are Evil

Bruce Kluger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Kluger

Will the current political posturing over earmarks upend America's efforts to improve our kids literacy and, in the process, make for a stronger and better educated nation?

3 Reading Questions for Super Mom Bethenny Frankel

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Earl Martin Phalen

One of the keys to successful parenting and laying a strong foundation for a child, is parental involvement. Although Bethenny is a business wonder woman, she still finds time for reading to her daughter.