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READ, SING
& TALK.

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BOOKS ARE
THE FUTURE.

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GET INVOLVED,
VOLUNTEER!

AMBASSADOR

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BOOKS ARE
LIFE CHANGERS

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Our mission is to promote early literacy by spreading the word about the importance of reading, talking, and singing with children everyday starting at birth
– and even during pregnancy.

PARTNERS

Thanks to our partners, Born to Read is an all volunteer project.
Since 2010, the Rotary Club of Traverse Bay Twilight has collaborated with:

Healthy Futures

Delivers introductory Born to Read post card with tips for reading with babies to expectant parents in last trimester visit, followed by Welcome Baby packet with free book to parents of newborns. Healthy Futures also sends texts with age appropriate developmental information to parents of children birth to five.

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Traverse Area District Library

Provides tote bag with free book to new parents and to families with children birth to three participating in the library’s summer reading program. Also offers weekly texts with early literacy tips and fun activities to parents of children birth to three. TADL hosts Born to Read training workshops, meetings, and other activities.

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Great Start Collaborative

Contributes expertise and programs that support parents of young children and provides written materials, translation, and training to help achieve Born to Read goals.

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5 to One

Provides close to home neighborhood centers with play groups and other activities for families with young children. 5toOne works closely with Born to Read to provide literacy information, books, and volunteers to encourage reading with children right from the start. 

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Read Aloud

National campaign that brings partners together to spread the word that reading aloud is the single most important activity that parents can do to prepare their child for success in school and life.  Read Aloud provides Born to Read with campaign materials, statistics, and outreach strategies.

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OUR STRATEGY

Born to Read has created a 5-point strategy for engaging families with young children and encouraging them to read to their babies, every day, right from the start.

Hello!

1.

Hello!

Introduce the Born to Read message to expectant parents at Munson Medical Center.

Welcome

2.

Welcome

Deliver Welcome Baby kits with a bookand information to new parents atMunson Medical Center.

Free Books

3.

Free Books

Link new parents to local libraries where they receive a gift bag with another free book for their baby and are encouraged to participate in story times and other activities.

Training

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Training

Provide early literacy training to BTR Ambassadors, volunteers, child care staff, and outreach workers to help spread the message about the importance of reading, talking, and singing to babies.

Community

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Community

Provide trained Ambassadors at community sites where parents and young children gather to model reading aloud to children and share the Born to Read message with parents.

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PARENTS are a child’s first and
most important teacher.

The first three years of life are the greatest and most critical period for brain development. Newborns learn from loving interactions with family members. Reading, talking, and singing with your baby everyday will help ensure success in school and in life.

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