In collaboration with First Book National Book Bank, Pender County Health Department began distributing age appropriate books to pediatric patients this month. First Book is a non-profit early literacy program designed to address one of the most important factors affecting literacy – access to books. Since 1992, First Book has distributed over 100 million new books to programs nationwide.
The number of books in the home plays a large factor in children’s reading scores. It is important for parents to begin reading to their children at birth and continue to enrich vocabulary skills by reading to their children often throughout their childhood. When children are old enough, parents should encourage them to read aloud and on their own.
During pediatric visits to the health department, children will be given an age-appropriate book to take home and keep. “This is just the start of our early literacy efforts,” stated Elisabeth Weaver, RN health educator. “We plan to continue searching for avenues to obtain free or reduced-cost books for our pediatric clients. Our goal is to see every infant, child and teen in our clinics walking out with a new book of their own.”
For more information, call the Pender County Health Department at 910-259-1230.
Elisabeth Weaver is a registered nurse who works as a health educator with Pender County Health Department.