Reach Out and Read®

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Reach Out and Read® gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books and reading into their pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. Reach Out and Read® doctors and nurse practitioners have the greatest access to families with children in the early years when it counts — more than 91 percent of children under the age of six attend routine pediatric visits at least once a year.

At more than ten routine health checkups from infancy through five years, Reach Out and Read®-trained providers:

  • talk with parents about how important it is to read aloud and engage with their young children;
  • demonstrate how best to look at books and talk about the stories with their infants, toddlers, and preschoolers;
  • encourage them to cuddle up and read together at home and build routines around books; and
  • give a new book to the child to take home and keep.

At the end of the program every child has a home library of books, each given with the advice to parents that they are their child’s first and most important teacher.

Due to the generosity of the Manatee Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, and The Patterson Foundation, physicians in Manatee and Sarasota have joined this national network of more than 42 affiliates that serve in over 6,400 medical sites in all 50 states – serving nearly 5 million children and their families.

The Reach Out and Read® program is evidence-based and supported by independent, published research studies showing that the children they serve:

  • are read to more often by their parents.
  • have improved language skills.
  • have a greater love of reading.


Interested in seeing what a Reach Out and Read® provider visit might look like?
Visit the Reach Out and Read® YouTube channel or visit their website.

Participating Clinics in Manatee County

Arcadia Pediatrics Healthcare Center

250 North Brevard Avenue #2
Arcadia, FL 34266

Edgar H. Price Jr. Family and Children Healthcare Center

12271 U.S. Highway 301 N
Parish, FL 34219

Lawton Chiles Health Center

Dr. Neta Strum, M.D.
1515 26th Avenue East
Bradenton, FL 34208

Manatee Pediatrics

712 39th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34205

Whole Child Pediatrics

6040 53rd Avenue E., Suite B
Bradenton, FL 34203

Participating Clinics in Sarasota County

North Port Health Center

Melissa Antmann
6950 Outreach Way
North Port, FL 34287

Sally and Sam Shapiro Babies and Children’s Medical Center

Dr. Munir Rizkallah
Heather Campbell RN
Glasser Schoenbam Human Services Center
1750 17th Street, Building E
Sarasota, FL 34234

William L. Little Health and Human Services Center

Chelsea Arnold ARNP
Bernadette Coulombe RN
2200 Ringling Boulevard
Sarasota, FL 34237