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Reading Programs for Young Children

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Books Build Connections Toolkit

Early learning resources are provided by the AAP to assist physicians in promoting, helping and guiding parents and caregivers on the importance of early learning, talking and reading for infants and toddlers.  This toolkit also shares parent resources to help families learn ways to introduce and explore early learning and reading at home.  Click below to view a list of age-appropriate books with tips on how to encourage receptive and expressive language and more.
141 Northwest Point Boulevard, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
(847) 434-4000
http://littoolkit.aap.org
Build Connections Toolkit

Columbus Metropolitan Library Ready to Read Corps

Provides free learning resources for parents of children up to age 5. They hand out an early literacy kit, full of fun learning tools, and the program is offered at several locations throughout the Columbus area.
96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 479-3450
www.columbuslibrary.org

Every Child Ready to Read at St. Ann’s Hospital

Starting at birth, you can use simple games and activities to help your child develop skills that will make reading and succeeding in school easier. A youth librarian from the Westerville Public Library will share basic research about brain development and early literacy skills, with lots of opportunity for hands on fun. This free class is offered once a month and intended for parents/caregivers of children birth to 2 years old.
500 South Cleveland Avenue, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 898-MOMS
www.mountcarmelhealth.com

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Reach Out & Read

Reach out and Read is a pediatric literacy program dedicated to encouraging family literacy activities in the home prior to a child’s entrance into the school system so that children grow up with books and a love of reading.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-8621
www.nationwidechildrenshospital.org

Reading Rockets

One in five kids has serious difficulties learning to read. With early identification and a lot of help, however, children can do well. Through the U.S Department of Education, Reading Rockets provides many resources for families, including help for stuggling readers, help for kids with dyslexia, literacy apps, webcasts, common core information, booklists, reading classes and more.
WETA Public Television
2775 South Quincy Street, Arlington, Virginia 22206
www.readingrockets.org

Westerville Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and Westerville Public Library provides free books for children up to age 5 who live in the Westerville School District.  Each month one age-appropriate book is mailed to your child as a gift for them to keep and helps to encourage the love for reading.  Visit their website for details and to sign-up.
126 South State Street, Westerville, Ohio  43081
(614) 882-7277
www.westervillelibrary.org