Read for Wellness
About the Project
Our program, “Read for Wellness,” is specifically designed to reach children from diverse backgrounds, including Black, Latino, and ethnic minorities, as well as those with low-income backgrounds. We recognize that illiteracy rates often vary by zip code, and we are committed to reaching the most underserved, underrepresented, and marginalized children across the nation. We accomplish this by equipping children with e-reader devices and granting them access to carefully selected print and e-books that cater to various aspects of their development, including enjoyment, learning, therapy, health, literacy, and educational support.
Over the past 12 months, we have expanded our work into Hospitals such as Riley for Children, in Indianapolis, and other community based & Pediatrics centers.
“Books are a helpful tool we use to explain a medical procedure, to comfort and lower a child’s anxiety, or for offering distraction – we find reading is very helpful and healing.”
McKenna, Child Life Specialist, Riley Hospital
In summary, our objectives encompass:
Ensuring that each child thrives in the development of their foundational literacy skills.
Equipping each child with suitable digital or hardcopy books that provide a pathway to discover the joy of reading.
Increasing the connectedness of families, healthcare providers, and children around the enjoyment of books and learning.
Providing an effective activity to fill the endless hours spent in hospitals, at home without the ability to study, read, or learn.