Dr. David Bergman is a pediatrician in Alpharetta, GA.
He's the author of Jonah Giraffe Has a Too-Long Tail,
which was chosen by Georgia's First Lady, Sandra Deal, as part of
her Read Across Georgia initiative. More recently, he released,
Owl Learns to Fly, about an owl, born blind, who learns
from the wisdom of other animal friends in the Redwood forest. Owl
realizes she has other senses she can utilize to help her master
the ability to fly.
"I model my books on Aesop's fables. They all
have a central meaning, moral or theme."
Dr. Bergman generously donated 512 copies
of Owl Learns to Fly to Reach Out and Read
Georgia and we're excited to profile his efforts to share his
hobby, passion, creativity and love of books and reading with his
patients and community.
"Owl is really about being
resilient and overcoming life's challenges."
One could say that many of life's challenges
could also be addressed and overcome through early education and
reading, which is exactly what Dr. Bergman hopes to inspire by
giving away his books to his patients at The Pediatric
"In the midst of a technological change, kids
are not being exposed to as many books. I'm a believer that
hard-bound books are the way to go for young children. There's a
difference if you're cuddled up with mom and dad or grandma - it's
a powerful thing to have a book in your hand. I like to think I am
doing my part to hold back that digital revolution."
Dr. Bergman cites reading a book together as
much more personal.
"Books are the initial avenue toward creativity.
They can transport you to different lands, differently cultures, in
Dr. Bergman first learned of Reach Out and Read
during his residency at Yale Medical School.
"We saw a lot of patients on Medicaid in our
primary care clinic training in New Haven. Giving them a book, and
encouraging reading is important. Reading is the first avenue to
Dr. Bergman fears that parents are too busy
sometimes, and aren't valuing reading in the pre-school years.
"They expect the schools will handle it."
When he gives away his books at his clinic, he
wants parents to know that reading together is a great way to bond
and stimulate the creative thought.
"Reading is food for the mind. Kids, especially
toddlers, are big sponges. They are absorbing tremendous amounts of
To learn more about Dr. Bergman's books, visit his