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Since 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has declared literacy promotion—from an infant’s very first days—to be an “essential” component of pediatric primary care.

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We are excited to offer a new program enhancement which will allow us to begin serving our communities’ most vulnerable children from day one. Back To Birth will add 3 additional books at the 1-week, 2-month, and 4-month well-child visits, effectively doubling the impact of Reach Out and Read in the first year of life.

Watch the quick 6-minute Back To Birth training video ➜

Back To Birth
Roll Out

The program enhancement was initially introduced to more than 8,500 infants in Denver Health clinics in the beginning of 2021, in honor of our founder Dr. Steve Vogler. Next, Back To Birth will be introduced to over 70 rural Colorado clinics. We will strategically expand this enhancement statewide to all our partner clinics as funding allows, ultimately investing an additional $500,000 a year in our youngest children.

Interested in bringing this new Back To Birth program enhancement to your Reach Out and Read Colorado partner clinic?

Implementing Back to Birth

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there a video that I can show my providers to introduce Back To Birth?
    Yes. In partnership with two Reach Out and Read providers, we created a short 6-minute intro video that you can either email providers or better yet, use at a staff meeting to celebrate being among the first clinics chosen to receive this enhancement. If possible, please provide the video to your team within three months of receiving the Back To Birch enhancement.

  • At what well-child visits do children receive these additional books?
    1-week or 2-week visit, 2-month visit, 4-month visit

  • How should I track the books?
    Track these books as you normally do with all of your other Reach Out and Read books. Please differentiate between 0-5 month books and 6 month-5 year books when you track.

  • How will I report on this data?
    Progress report data is collected from sites every 6 months on myror.org. This data informs how much book funding we provide to you.
       * January – June data is provided by a site before September 1st on myror.org.
       * July – December data is provided by a site before March 1st on myror.org.

    The progress report will ask you to list how many well-child visits were conducted in the above time frames. When providing well-child visit data for 0-5 months, please provide data for the three additional RORCO well-child visits – 1 or 2-week, 2-month, and 4-month. We do not need data regarding weight checks or other visits outside of the RORCO well-child visit setting.

    If you need help, your RORCO Regional Coordinator can assist you.

  • What languages are available for the Back To Birth books?
    Bilingual (Engligh/Spanish) books are available for these visits. See below for recommendations.

  • What book is given at which well-child visit before 6 months?
    We highly recommend ‘I Love You Like Sunshine’ by Dr. Mariana Glusman for the first visit (1 or 2 week). We can help you order this book outside of your usual vendor, as Scholastic and All About Books do not carry it.

    Check out our recommended titles for the 2-month and 4-month visit from your Scholastic of All About Books vendor below.

0-5 Month Book Recommendations

Take 3 minutes to watch this video from author Anna Bardaus before ordering your books! 

All About Books - Title Recommendations

Parent-Centered Books:
These books intentionally have more text than your average newborn board book, giving tired parents the tools they need to share their voice with their baby. Both books include diverse characters.

Ten Little Fingers
by Annie Kubler

$2.30
Item# 3565A
Bilingual Option – Item# 3575A

My Heart Fills With Happiness
by Monique Gray Smith

$2.95
Item# 6536A
Bilingual Option – n/a

Child-Centered Books:
All three of these books have fewer words that the parent-centered choices above and instead include images of babies or high contrast illustrations that newborns enjoy. Both Hello Baby and Me and You include diverse babies.

Hello Baby: Faces
by Roger Priddy

$2.75
Item# 5959A
Bilingual Option – n/a

Me and You
by Frida Bing

$2.75
Item# 3636A
Bilingual Option – n/a

Animals
by Lake Press

$2.75
Item# 6101CQ
Bilingual Option – Item# 6105A

Scholastic - Title Recommendations

Parent-Centered Books:
These three books intentionally have more text than your average newborn board book, giving tired parents the tools they need to share their voice with their baby. All books include diverse characters.

Dance, Dance, Baby!
by Anna Bardaus

$2.20

Item# 8LU561899
Bilingual Option – n/a

 

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
by Scholastic

$2.70

Item# 8LU808984
Bilingual Option – Item# 8LU808991

Now That You’re Here
by Linda Mayes

$2.75

*Not available yet. Coming soon!

Child-Centered Books:
All three of these books have fewer words that the parent-centered choices above and instead include diverse images of babies or high contrast illustrations that newborns enjoy.

Love is You and Me
by Anna Bardaus

$2.65

Item# 8LU588631
Bilingual Option – Item# 8LU588632

Smiley Faces
by Little Faces

$2.75

Item# 8LU828376
Biligual Option – Item# 8LU828424

Amazing Feelings
by Scholastic

$2.30

Item# 8LU576710
Bilingual Option – n/a

Start a Program at Your Clinic

Become a Reach Out and Read Partner Clinic

Our program is designed to be integrated quickly and simply into your practice; we’re always excited to add new pediatric professionals to our network and serve more families. If you are interested in learning more about the Reach Out and Read model and becoming a partner clinic, please email Jessie Chase, our Director of Programs, or click here to get started.

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