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.

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

Early Brain Development, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and Raising Readers

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 Center 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

December 2021 Book List and Log: Acrobat (pdf) | MS Word (doc)
November 2021 Book List and Log: Acrobat (pdf) | MS Word (doc)

Monthly Newborn Tote Report and Order Form

Site Update

Fall 2021 Birth Centers
Raising Readers Tote Bags Have a New Look!
Tote Inventory Reminders
Give the Gift of Reading

Fall 2021: Health Centers
Book Inventory Reminders
Partnering with Maine Authors and Illustrators
Give the Gift of Reading

Additional Resources

Differences in Parent-Toddler Interactions With Electronic Versus Print Books – A Study from Pediatrics Journal (April 2018) Acrobat (pdf) | Pediatrics Website

Study Finds Parents’ Chats with their Toddlers Payoff 10 Years Later, from the CBC Website (September 2018)

Language Experience in the Second Year of Life and Language Outcomes in Late Childhood – A Study from Pediatrics Journal (September 2018) Acrobat (pdf) | Pediatrics Website

A Study from Pediatrics Journal: Reading Aloud, Play, and Social-Emotional Development  Acrobat (pdf) | Pediatrics Website

Raising Readers’ Impact Study-Full Report

Dr. Hutton’s Page from Read Aloud 15 Minutes 


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