FAQs:  How the Program Works

Q. Is Raising Readers only for hospitals/medical practices in Maine?
A. Yes. Raising Readers is grant-funded to provide books through hospitals, medical practices, midwives and adoption agencies. Services must be provided within the state of Maine.

Q. Is there a cost to healthcare providers or families to participate in the program?
A. No. Funding for the program is generously provided by the Libra Foundation. There is no charge to families or healthcare providers.

Q.  What are the eligibility guidelines to receive books from the program? Is there an application form that must be completed?
A.  Raising Readers is for ALL children in Maine. Families do not need to complete an application form. Books are received as a routine part of the birth experience and well child visits through age five. Books are given at these well child visits: 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 months and 2, 3, 4 and 5 years.

Q. Do you use books by Maine authors and illustrators in the program?
A. Yes. Books by authors and illustrators with connections Maine are used whenever possible.

Q. Does Raising Readers select books that are inclusive of all people? 
A. Raising Readers, whenever possible, selects books that represent the diversity of our state and our nation. Children recognize racial differences as young as six months old. In order to develop positive images of themselves and others, children need to see both people who look like them in their books, and people who look different from themselves. When adults approach racial and cultural differences in books with curiosity and invite children to ask questions, they help children become more welcoming and comfortable interacting with all kinds of people.

Q. How can I submit a book to be considered for purchase by the program?
A.  We review titles all year long for consideration in the program.  Those that meet our criteria go in front of a review committee that meets once a year.  The first step for consideration is to send a non-returnable finished copy to the address below.  Choosing a dozen books each year for all of Maine’s children is no small feat, patience is key — the process takes time.

Program Manager
Raising Readers / MaineHealth
110 Free Street
Portland ME. 04101

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