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.