Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud [...]

Support Us

Buy a T-shirt

Support the Olean Area Reach Out and Read program by purchasing a Reach Out and Read T-shirt. All proceeds support the book-fund for the Reach Out and Read programs at Pediatric Associates of Olean and Salamanca.

Short sleeve gray T-Shirts, with the Reach Out and Read logo, are available in sizes Child LG, Adult S, Adult M, Adult L, and Adult XL for $13.00 each and Adult 2X and 3X for $15.00 each.

Include a $3.50 shipping charge for the first item and $1.00 for each additional item shipped to the same address. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. Order Form

Make a Donation

Honor someone special with a donation to the Reach Out and Read partnership. Your gift will be acknowledged with a gift card to the honoree and will provide books to support the ROaR program. Donation Form


  • Encourage families to read and share books with even the youngest of family members.
  • Provide families with books specifically designed for toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Encourage families to make use of the wealth of books, materials and services available at the Olean Public Library and other local libraries.
  • Provide parents with an understanding of the importance of reading and being read to in their child's intellectual development and readiness for school.

Rasing a Reader

Read-aloud Tips

Make reading part of every day

Read at bedtime or on the bus

Have fun

Children who love books learn to read. Books can be part of special time with your child.

A few minutes is OK

Young children can only sit for a few minutes for a story, but as they grow, they will sit longer.

Talk about the pictures

You do not have to read the book to tell a story.

Let your child turn the pages

Babies need board books and help to turn pages, but your three year-old can do it alone.

Show your child the cover page

Explain what the story is about.

Show your child the words

Run your finger along the words as you read them.

Make the story come alive

Create voices for the story characters and use your body to tell story.

Ask questions about the story

What do think will happen next? What is this?

Let your child ask questions about the story

Use the story as an opportunity to engage in conversation and to talk about familiar activities and objects.

Let your child tell the story

Children as young as three years old can memorize a story and many children love an opportunity to express their creativity.