Join Reach Out & Read Kansas City for a charity party at “a store named STUFF“ on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
STUFF will donate 15% of all sales during that time to ROR-KC. Thank you STUFF!
Explore the store’s unique items, have a drink and a snack and do some holiday shopping while supporting early childhood literacy! We’ll have staff members on hand and would love to see you and say hello.
STUFF is located at 316 W. 63rd Street, KCMO 64113
It’s free to attend, but be sure to register so you’ll get a reminder email. You can do that by clicking here.
See you there!
New series alert!
Each month, we’ll be posting a book recommendation from our Book Coordinator, Janice Dobbs. She’s spent 17 years curating the collection of developmentally-appropriate books that Reach Out and Read Kansas City provides to 50 medical clinics to hand out at well child visits. She knows books!
October Bookshelf Recommendation:
Clifford’s Opposites (one of eight books in a series)
By Norman Bridwell
Published by Scholastic
Age range: 6 months – 3 years
“Clifford is a favorite character for the young and young at heart! This little board book is the perfect size for toddlers to carry around, and the scalloped edges of the book make turning pages an easy task, even for babies. This series of books helps to reinforce basic concepts that little ones are learning—animal sounds, bedtime and bath-time routines and opposites. The simple text and colorful illustrations capture the attention of children and make it a fun and easy book to share with little ones—and often preschoolers enjoy “reading” these books to themselves! This series also comes in a bilingual format.”
– Janice Dobbs
Janice Dobbs has been the Book Coordinator for Reach Out and Read Kansas City for over 17 years. She’s responsible for purchasing, organizing, and managing the delivery of over 82,000 books to our 50 partner clinics.
Parents and caregivers, here’s another reason to keep chatting with your children while reading to them. A study published recently in the Journal Pediatrics finds that talking with your child often, or “conversational turns,” may have a positive impact on the child’s language development and IQ as much as ten years later!
Reach Out and Read’s National Medical Director, Perri Klass, co-authored a commentary that accompanied the study (she was not involved in the study itself), and calls the findings “especially remarkable, given the heterogeneity of children’s experiences as they grow up.” In the commentary, Klass and her co-author, Dr. Alan Mendelsohn, note that the “study findings support ‘primary prevention’ of disparities in development and school readiness, beginning early in life before their onset.” Klass and Mendelsohn cite Reach Out and Read as the “most established scaled program” in this area.
This study is really heartening, and it supports our mission of increasing kindergarten readiness in at-risk communities by giving families the tools and training they need to succeed.
Click here to read the full article from the Journal Pediatrics.
Click here to read the commentary co-authored by Reach Out and Read’s National Medical Director Perri Klass.
Click here to read an article from ABC News about the study.