Children's literacy program comes to St. Barnabas Hospital

You've heard the saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away," well now doctors in the Bronx hope a book a visit will encourage pediatric patients to keep reading.



Pediatricians at St. Barnabas Hospital say they have adopted a new nationwide program called 'Reach Out and Read.'



The program works by giving a patient child a book each time they visit the doctor's office. 



Doctors say the program is intended to encourage parents to read to their children, or for the child to read for themselves with the goal of enhancing child literacy. 



The program first began in Boston, Massachusetts, but has since spread to about 6,000 doctor's offices around the country. 



Pediatricians say early exposure to reading can make it easier for kids to advance and develop their brains once they start school.



St. Barnabas Hospital says it is currently accepting donations for new or gently used books. 


sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."