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Reach Out And Read


Baby and book at pediatrics appointment
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Reach Out and Read gives children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. Parents are encouraged to read aloud daily as a simple and effective way to foster nurturing, language-rich family interactions that support brain development and provide a foundation for success.

Reach Out and Read Partners – Fox Cities is supported by United Way Fox Cities and brings the regional medical community and public libraries together to make Reach Out and Read a standard of care. Reach Out and Read Partners – Fox Cities is a local affiliate of Reach Out and Read – Wisconsin and the national Reach Out and Read organization.

Learn more about Reach Out and Read Partners – Fox Cities.


Reach Out and Read Family and Book

Reading Tips for Parents

Parents are their children’s first and most important teachers. Children grow up to become readers when their parents read to them from birth.

  • Make reading with your child part of the daily routine; a few minutes of reading is okay.
  • Don’t be discouraged if your child doesn’t seem interested at first or every time.
  • Always be positive even if your reading time together doesn’t go as well as you had hoped.
  • Have fun!
  • Some children prefer to multi-task while you read to them. They may prefer to play with toys while they listen.
  • Let your child turn the pages and ask questions if they initiate this behavior.
  • Make the story come alive.
  • Let your child tell the story to you.
  • Visit your local public library. Librarians can help you select fun and age-appropriate books.

Three Elements of Great Reading Spaces for Children

1. A cozy seat to snuggle into along with some pillows and blankets.

2. A fun book assortment displayed in baskets, boxes, or a forward-facing shelf.

3. A well-lit area or near a window for natural light.

Community Partners

United Way Fox Cities

ROAR: United Way Fox Cities logo

United Way Fox Cities is a founding sponsor of Reach Out and Read Partners – Fox Cities because of their commitment to ensuring children and youth are on track to reach their full potential. United Way knows caregivers who read with their children support healthy brain development that forms the foundation for success later at school and in life. Partnerships, like the one with Reach Out and Read, fulfill United Way Fox Cities’ mission to improve lives by bringing diverse people together to build a stronger, more caring community for everyone.

Participating Regional Medical Sites

Ascension Medical Group
  • Ascension NE Wisconsin at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital – Children’s Health Center (Appleton)
  • Ascension Medical Group at Deerwood Avenue (Neenah)
  • Ascension Medical Group at Greenville
  • Ascension Medical Group at New London
Aurora Health Care 
  • Kaukauna
  • Seymour
ThedaCare Physicians
  • ThedaCare Physicians – Pediatrics (Appleton)
  • ThedaCare Physicians – Pediatrics (Darboy)
  • ThedaCare Physicians – Pediatrics (Neenah)
  • ThedaCare Physicians Appleton West
  • ThedaCare Physicians Black Creek
  • ThedaCare Physicians Darboy Family Practice
  • ThedaCare Physicians Menasha
  • ThedaCare Physicians Neenah
  • ThedaCare Physicians New London
  • ThedaCare Physicians North (Encircle Health)
  • ThedaCare Physicians Kimberly
Bellin Health (Seymour)
Family Care of the Fox Cities (Appleton)
Kaukauna Clinic 
Mosaic Family Health (Appleton)
Partnership Community Health Center (Appleton)
Primary Care Associates of Appleton
Prevea Health (Seymour)

Participating Regional Libraries

Check out books and explore children’s programs and services at your local public library.

Appleton Public Library

Black Creek Village Library

Elisha D. Smith Public Library (Menasha)

Gerard H. Van Hoof Library (Kimberly-Little Chute)

Hortonville Public Library

Kaukauna Public Library

Muehl Public Library (Seymour)

Neenah Public Library

New London Public Library

Partner Resources

Get Involved

Baby and Book

Financial Support

Checks are accepted at Appleton Public Library to financially support our local efforts to provide on-going early literacy guidance and support to families throughout the Fox Cities. All financial donations will be used to provide direct book support to our Reach Out and Read Partners – Fox Cities’ clinics. A tax-deductible donation receipt will be provided upon request. 

Host a Book Drive

If you are interested in hosting a book drive to benefit a local clinic, please contact Colleen, our Library Physician Liaison. We’ll answer any questions that you have and provide you with book donation bins and marketing materials to make your book drive a success.