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Help #BooksBuildBrains with Early Literacy Awareness

95% of brain development occurs between birth and 5 years old. Parents are their child’s first and best teacher. In America 1 in 3 children do not have the basic literacy skills to be successful when they enter Kindergarten.  However, 85% of children have the ability to read on grade level.  Children who start Kindergarten behind rarely fully catch up.

– William Knobeloch, MD, FAAP, Ohio AAP Foundation Pillar Member

Join the Ohio AAP in raising Early Literacy Awareness all year. By sharing reading and books with children as young as infants, families and healthcare professionals can help prepare children for lifelong learning. Science shows that #BooksBuildBrains, and you can partner to share this message in simple actions:

For questions on Early Literacy, please contact Hayley Southworth at or 614-846-6258.

If you or someone you know has any new or gently used children’s books that they would like to donate, please contact the Ohio AAP at 614-846-6258.

If you would like to make a donation to the Ohio AAP Foundation to support Early Literacy, or one of the Foundation’s other program, click here.