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  • Believe in Books Interview Series: Sulma Arzu-Brown

    By amandaberlin on February 16, 2017
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    Sulma Arzu-Brown is a proud Garifuna woman born in Honduras, Central America. The Garifuna people are the Black Caribs living in the coastland of Central America. She came to New York City at the tender age of six. Throughout her life, Sulma’s parents instilled in her the belief that progressive thinking, education and sound values were the key to success […]
  • More than 14,000 Books Delivered to 42 Sites

    By amandaberlin on January 4, 2017
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    (after) Though our sites receive book shipments directly to their locations, they also greatly appreciate the times when they can visit our larger storage space and bring books back to their site, thanks to larger donations from authors and publishers. On a very rainy Tuesday, November 29th, 42 sites were able to receive a total of 14,778 books from the […]
  • Meet Keisha: Reach Out and Read of Greater New York Parent

    By amandaberlin on January 4, 2017
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    Keisha W. is a mother of three, 13 year old daughter, Shavea,  6 year old son, Mehki (pictured) and 19 month old, Zuria (pictured) When asked what kind of books her children enjoy, she reported Shavea currently likes the “Goosebumps” series and Mehki likes “Pete the Cat.” When asked about her experience with her children’s physician Dr. Kokotos, she said, “I love […]
  • Healthfirst and ROR GNY Host Reading Event at Metropolitan Hospital

    By amandaberlin on January 4, 2017
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    Reach Out and Read of Greater New York with Healthfirst hosted a reading event at Metropolitan Hospital. The reading event was sponsored by Healthfirst and Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright read “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.”  More than 15 families were in attendance in the pediatric waiting room. The families that attended […]
  • How to Bond Despite Adequate Family Leave

    By amandaberlin on November 2, 2016
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    There are many things that can impact a child’s development including early childhood education, being read to at an early age, healthy nutrition, and of course, environment.  However, it may surprise you to learn that the amount of family leave parents are able to take plays an important role, not only on the well-being of newborns, but on the health […]
  • Healthfirst Reading at Claremont Family Health Center

    By amandaberlin on November 1, 2016
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    Dr. David Collymore, the primary pediatrician at Claremont Family Health Center in the Bronx, read “The Very Hungry Catepillar” and ROR GNY’s Natalie Peart read “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.” Attendees also received school supplies and healthy snacks courtesy of Healthfirst. About Healthfirst: Healthfirst is a not-for-profit, provider-sponsored health insurance company that serves more than 1.2 million members in […]
  • Believe in Books Interview Series: Roberta Grobel Intrater

    By amandaberlin on October 5, 2016
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    We’re so grateful that this month Roberta Grobel Intrater agreed to be featured in our Believe in Books interview series. Roberta is a graphic designer, photographer, educational arts consultant, and the award-winning author/photo-illustrator of several popular children’s books. Peek-a-Boo, You!, her first lift-the-flap book, won gold and platinum Oppenheim Toy Portfolio awards and a Best Books for Babies award from the […]
  • South Jamaica Reads Hosts First Annual Night at the Museum Event

    By amandaberlin on September 30, 2016
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    Back to School cultural and learning experience drew a crowd of young readers and families in the South Jamaica, Queens Community South Jamaica Reads (SJR) – A partnership of literacy organizations, including Reach Out and Read of Greater New York, working with families, schools, and the surrounding communities to ensure that children start school read to read and stay on […]
  • Healthfirst Sponsors Series of Events at ROR GNY Health Centers

    By amandaberlin on September 30, 2016
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                          This month we produced a series of three read-aloud events, which were sponsored by Healthfirst. Healthfirst has funded the distribution of almost 21,000 books this year, for a total of 41,000 books in two years. We have produced a series of events sponsored by them at our health centers […]
  • Believe in Books Interview Series: Melanie Hope Greenberg

    By amandaberlin on September 1, 2016
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    We’re excited to feature our Believe in Books interview this month with Melanie Greenberg. Melanie has published illustrations with UNICEF, the Children’s Defense Fund, Southern Poverty Law Center, NAEYC, as well as hundreds of images in magazines, on greeting cards, and gift items. She has illustrated sixteen published picture books, six of which she wrote. Her books have won awards […]

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