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Our 2022 Annual Report is available to share and download. We invite you to learn more about our work to boost developmental health, family bonding, and early learning across the state of Minnesota.

We remember Malcom McDonald, businessman and philanthropist, who helped make Minneapolis a Bookend City in 2019.

We are thrilled to present our inaugural Diane Loeffler Legislative Champion Award to Rep. Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn, lead author of two bills to support Reach Out and Read Minnesota in the legislature. Watch her accept the award and discuss how this program has impacted her own family.

We are pleased to give our 2022 Gerald Gilchrist Medical Champion Award to Dr. Sarah Israelson of Lakewood Health System in Motley and Staples, Minnesota. Watch Dr. Israelson receive the award here.

M Health Fairview is piloting Minnesota’s first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)-based Reach Out and Read program. One family shares the difference books have made during a two-month stay at the hospital.

Faisa will be working to support our program at our partner clinics in the west and north Twin Cities Metro, as well as parts of central and western Minnesota.

A new state surplus budget recommendation this week from the Governor's office recommends funding Reach Out and Read Minnesota as part of effort to boost literacy statewide.

Clinics in Minnesota are distributing children's books to make vaccinations more inviting for families and promote children's learning.

We commissioned an Ojibwe translation of our popular infant book "My Day" to distribute at our partner clinics.

The Otto Bremer trust has renewed its partnership with Reach Out and Read Minnesota in order to bring the brain-building power of books to young children across the state.

Our Medical Director Dr. Gigi Chawla shares the importance of modeling reading to kids and how to find new opportunities to read in the world around us.

We are thrilled to announce that Janice Haines is joining the Reach Out and Read Minnesota team as our first ever Program Manager. In this role, Janice will lead the implementation of our program in collaboration with our partner clinics, manage our growing team of Program Specialists, and oversee the growth of our program across the state.

The state legislature has given us a big opportunity to bring the brain-building power of books to more children across MN.

Rochester based educator, Danette Kubit, will help expand early literacy program in the region

Our Medical Director, Dr. Gigi Chawla describes fun ways to read with kids, from infancy to school age, over the summer and reminds us of the importance of reading, especially after a difficult year!

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