News from NJ

Great stuff going on around the Garden State


We are always thrilled to welcome new program sites to our ever growing team of dedicated healthcare professionals.

Welcome Forest Hill Family Health Associates, the office of Dr. Indu Madhok, the office of Dr. Michele Segal, Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Pediatrics, Morristown Medical Center Family Medicine and Morristown Family Health Center.



Three cheers for Pequannock High School's  Future Business Leaders of America !


boy reading to group of kids fun holidays activities FBLA

Located in northern New Jersey, the Pequannock Future Business Leaders of America Chapter organized two literacy events for elementary students, which featured  group storytime and crafts for kids to celebrate the holiday season. Each child received a reindeer goodie bag with pencils, pens and  post-it notes along with a color-your-own bookmark, highlighting information about Reach Out and Read New Jersey on the back. In addition, through school fundraising events such as selling teacher appreciation packages, the group collected donations at this year's Teacher Lip Sync Battle. Pequannock Township High School was able to raise over $170 towards a Virtual Book Drive!  

vertical FBLA high school event picture kids rasing awareness for the community kids love to read books 

Future Business Leaders of America is the largest student run organization in the country! One of the main goals of the Pequannock chapter is to develop a multitude of community service projects that involves our schools and whole town to help improve and solve problems within our community. This year, Pequannock was happy to partner with Reach Out and Read New Jersey to help advocate childhood literacy. 

 FBLA girl smiling bookmarks kids created storytime holidays fun activities




 Kim Allergan grantee

Reach Out and Read NJ is grateful for our new partnership  with the Allergan Foundation.  Above, Director Kim Byam, right, receives a contribution check of $7,500 for our local Reach Out and Read programs from Gwyn Grenrock, left, Executive Director of The Allergan Foundation and Susan Stone, middle, Foundation Board Member and Executive Director, Alliance Advocacy, at a reception in late September.



Girl Scouts are making a difference one project at a time! 

Sabrina is a 14 year old Girl Scout pursuing her Silver Award.  The Girl Scout Silver Award promotes leadership and challenges the applicant to explore their community, identify issues that are important to them, develop a project and take action....all with the goal of making a difference in the world.   Sabrina learned about the Reach Out and Read program and was hooked!  Being able to share her love of reading with so many families was the opportunity that she was looking for.  She was saddened to realize that not all children have ready access to books and that not all families understand the value of reading to young children. She visited local businesses and posted her flyer to generate donations. In the meantime, she canvassed the neighborhood with flyers and began collecting donations from her friends and family.  Sabrina is an exceptional young lady that demonstrates commitment, knowledge, compassion and leadership.  In total Sabrina has invested over 58 hours towards her book-drive and is proud to have collected over 601 books to be shared with young children and their families through Reach Out and Read. 

 girl scout awesome book drive to help kids read donations silver award


Aaaaaah summertime! 

This summer Kaitlyn, an extraordinary 9 year-old from Ogdensburg, and her little brother, Justin, had a lemonade stand in her neighborhood and sent all the proceeds to Reach Out and Read! Kaitlyn's commitment and compassion proved contagious -- her lemonade stand was visited by one of the community's police officers, the Chief of the Fire Department and folks from the First Aid Squad. We are so grateful to Kaitlyn, her family and the truly remarkable community of Ogdensburg! 

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 Goddard school kids love books donate donation book drive

Little kids doing BIG things!  Thank you Goddard Schools for the very successful, multi school book drive! Thirteen Goddard Schools together collected and delivered 9,051 new and gently used books to various Reach Out and Read pediatric offices. Big thank you to the following schools:  Dayton, Wayne, Spotswood, Old Bridge 1, Old Bridge 2, Norwood, Fanwood, Fairfield, North Brunswick, Elmwood Park, Paramus, Piscataway and Englewood Cliffs.



Girl Scouts ROCK! Especially Troop 40215 from Union. Mahi Pediatrics was thrilled to receive the books you collected for them. THANK YOU! 



We LOVE our IKEA volunteer readers!

Thank you for sharing your time, enthusiasm and support by truly making a difference with the kids in Burlington County. Each child received an extra book that day courtesy of IKEA Distribution Services North America located in Westampton. Thank you for this wonderful partnership!


IKEA two book kids floor family fun


IKEA volunteer readers kids sharing books fun                  






Welcome to our coalition:

Horizon Health Center in Jersey City

Overlook Family Medicine in Summit

Newark Department of Health & Community Wellness in Newark

Inspira Medical Group, Millville Family Medicine in Millville




abc news clip girl donates books South Jersey Cooper Hospital


We are so grateful to Charlotte from West Berlin for collecting 1303 books for kids in South Jersey. Charlotte had dream and made it a reality. Truly inspirational!  Click on the picture  above to watch the story!



Clifton girl book drive Paterson kids with friendsIsabella, a 5th grade student from Clifton Public Schools and 2 of her classmates collected 1016 gently used books for our medical providers to give to kids living in the Paterson area. You go girls! Thank you for this much needed, incredible donation! 

car full of books for paterson book drive friends school



We are always in need of good quality, gently used childrens books, especially board books. Please nothing ripped, scribbled in or too loved! We will connect you to the closest program site in need to make delivery easier for you. Contact us for more information!




Thanks to the amazing customers that frequent the Faber News Now stores, The Children's Regional Center at Cooper University Hospital will receive 2191 brand new books!!!l! This office has been participating in the Reach Out and Read program since 1998 and serves 5740 kids ages 6 months through 5 years of age. Thank you Faber News Now for this generous donation! 



New kids on the block. We are thrilled to welcome 2 new practices to our growing coalition: Jewish Renaissance Medical Center at Central High School and Jewish Renaissance Medical Center at Barringer High School both located in Newark. WELCOME ABOARD!

Contact Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read National Center
89 South St, Suite 201
Boston, MA 02111