Promoting Early Literacy in Pediatric Primary Care

As a healthcare provider, you play a key role in the Raising Readers program.  Healthcare providers are trusted sources of information and advice for families. Giving a book to a child gives you a chance to stress the importance of reading aloud, the positive effect it has on brain development and offer  suggestions to parents about sharing books with their child.

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Literacy Toolkit provides a comprehensive set of resources to support you in introducing a variety of strategies and tools to support your patients’ early development, strong parent–child relationships, and future school success.

Key resources include:

The American Academy of Family Physicians policy on promoting early literacy development also provides guidance on advising parents and caregivers about the importance of reading aloud to young children and participating in literacy programs.

Learn More About Raising Readers


Books Build Brains: Putting Raising Readers into Practice for Healthcare Providers

Books Build Brains: It Takes All of Us – Information for Medical Assistants and Clinical Staff

Become a Raising Readers Site

Who’s eligible to participate?

Primary care providers who provide well child care to children from two months to age five within the state of Maine. If your eligible office is not enrolled, download an application here: Health Care Site Application or call us at 1-800-397-3263.

All Maine hospitals that provide birthing services, midwives who attend home and birth center births and adoption agencies. If your eligible office is not enrolled, download an application here: Birth Center Site Application or call us at 1-800-397-3263.

Resources for Participating Sites

This section contains some of the forms you will need, all are available in PDF format. Free Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from this link:

How do I order books?

Many site coordinators use online reporting and ordering. If you’re not one of them, give us a call at 1-800-397-3263 or email us at We’ll set up your username and password and show you how to use the system – on the phone, or in person.

What if I don’t have Internet access?

While the online system is the best way to report and order, we understand that some site coordinators do not have access to the
internet. For those sites the following fax forms are still available:

Medical Practices Seeing Children 2 months to 5 years

Monthly Book Report & Order Form

        Book List & Log Tracking Form

January 2018 Book List and Log: Adobe Acrobat (pdf) | MS Word (doc)
December 2017 Book List and Log: Adobe Acrobat (pdf) | MS Word (doc)

 Hospitals and Birth Centers

Newborn Tote Report and Order Form

Site Update

Summer 2017
Raising Readers Starts at Birth

Spring 2017
Waiting Room Poster
30M Visit Reminder

Additional Resources

Raising Readers’ Impact Study-Full Report

Dr. Hutton’s Page from Read Aloud 15 Minutes 


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