Reach Out and Read: evidence based approach to promoting early child development

Curr Opin Pediatr. 2010 Aug;22(4):539-44. doi: 10.1097/MOP.0b013e32833a4673.


Purpose of review: This article describes the evidence about why reading aloud to children is important to help them develop the language and early reading skills necessary for school readiness.

Recent findings: This information supports the value of Reach Out and Read; physicians advising parents to read aloud.

Conclusion: Reach Out and Read should be implemented in health care sites serving low-income children.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Developmental Disabilities / prevention & control*
  • Early Intervention, Educational* / trends
  • Evidence-Based Practice / methods*
  • Humans
  • Learning Disabilities / prevention & control*
  • Physician's Role*
  • Prognosis
  • Reading*