Babies With Books (BWB) is an early literacy program that provides books and information to NICU families on the importance of reading with their baby.
"My husband and I were fortunate to meet the young man who advocated to begin this program. I just wanted to take the time to give a shout out to all the volunteers involved. What they are doing is amazing. I especially wanted to give kudos to the young man who began this program. Education (esp. literacy) is a passion tightly woven into our family values and to see someone so young step up and advocate for a program like this just makes me so happy, as an educator and a mother. My husband and I were just so impressed with his initiative, integrity and leadership. We both hope this program continues, long into the future, and we know that young man is headed for amazing things.
Best of luck to all! Keep up the amazing work - it is more appreciated than you’ll ever know!"
Lovely Family Feedback!
TOOLKIT COMING SOON!
Our team is working hard to create a toolkit that we will share with interested NICUs so that the BWB NICU reading program model can be expanded to more hospitals across Oregon, the nation, and the world. Interested in receiving this toolkit or more information? Email us at or visit the contact page linked below.
BWB distributes books at Randall NICU twice monthly. NICU families may choose 3 books and receive information on early literacy. Books and family information are available in English, Spanish, and Russian which are the most common languages spoken by RCH NICU families. BWB also distributes family surveys to gather family feedback on the program.
WHERE WE ARE AND WHERE WE ARE GOING
WHERE WE ARE
Babies With Books has distributed books and educational materials in Randall Children's Hospital's NICU since January 2018 and we are continuing to do so serving more and more families.
WHERE WE ARE GOING
BWB is working to expand with more frequent book distributions, a wider book selection including more books in non-English languages, and book parties in the NICU family lounge to engage siblings in reading. We plan to expand to serve additional NICUs.