Celebrating 2 Million Books!
Join us for a yearlong celebration of the statewide network of 366 hospitals and medical
practices that have given 2 MILLION BOOKS to 214,000 Maine children since 2000. Raising
Readers is the largest health and literacy program ever undertaken in a single state,
partnering with more than 1,200 health care providers who give books to their young patients.
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Welcome to Raising Readers
Raising Readers makes books and reading part of every day by providing Maine children with
beautiful new books at birth and at well child visits until they turn five. Primary care
providers know that literacy begins long before children enter kindergarten, and they help
parents understand the importance of reading aloud by giving books and supporting regular
story times. The program is available to all Maine children regardless of means, thanks to a
generous grant from the Libra Foundation. Learn more about reading with babies from the very
beginning. read more...
Books, Books, and More Books!
Books for Raising Readers are quality, hardcover books selected by Maine people who know
about children's literature: doctors, librarians, child development experts, and parents.
By the time a child "graduates" from raising readers, he or she has a small library of
twelve books to call their very own. See the books Maine's health care providers are
currently giving to children, as well as book recommendations by age and by topic to look
for at your local library or bookstore.