We envision a state where every child will receive new books to call their own from their doctor or health care provider and every parent or caregiver will regularly read aloud to their child, starting the day they’re born. We’re moving the needle.
Maine consistently ranks as one of the top states where parents read four or more days a week to their children* because of this network of partners who make Raising Readers possible:
All Maine hospitals that provide birthing services, midwives who attend home and birth center births, and adoption programs
All primary care providers and clinical teams who provide well-child care to children from two months to age five in Maine
MaineHealth and Northern Light Health that continue to work together to bring Raising Readers to the entire state of Maine
Owens & Minor and Commercial Delivery Services in Bangor who pick, pack, and ship over 150,000 books each year to participating practices
Children’s book publishers who are committed to making books and reading a part of every childhood
Maine authors and illustrators who share their talents in the children’s books they create
The Raising Readers’ Book Advisory Committee that helps select the perfect titles each year to share with Maine families
Diverse BookFinder, an organization of people who help us choose books in which all children can see themselves and each other.
The Maine State Library and all the public librarians who share their passion for children’s books with Maine families
The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, Literacy for ME, Dirigo Reads and other literacy organizations that work to improve literacy for every family
Parents and caregivers who make time in their day to snuggle up and read with the children they love
And so many others!
*Source: National Study of Children’s Health, 2018-2019.