Reach Out and Read

Prepares young children for school success by partnering with pediatricians who distribute books and encourage families to read together.

Community Impact

  • 48,435¬†books were distributed by 65 practitioners at 37 clinics



Dr. Marina Oporta has been a part of the Literacy Coalition’s Reach Out and Read program since she began as a nurse practitioner in the pediatric clinic of Juan E. Batista in West Palm Beach six years ago.

She says, “I love to read and encourage my patients and parents to read also. Reading not only builds language skills, it also helps with imagination, bonding with parents and learning about the world. I have seen a group of siblings, that range from one to three years of age, since they were little. They love the books they get and they read them to each other!”

The Reach Out and Read program gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.