Reach Out and Read
in the Danis Pediatric Center at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon
Book Program Encourages Reading
From “Goodnight Moon” to “Goosebumps,” books provide children of all ages with adventure and imagination to help their minds grow.
The Danis Pediatric Center at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital knows how important it is to begin reading at a young age.
“From their first visit as a baby, every time a child comes here they receive a book,” said Laurie Ferrer, manager of the Danis Pediatric Center, which provides primary care services to children in the St. Louis area. “We want to emphasize the importance of reading with our families.”
A cabinet in the doctors’ office is stacked floor-to-ceiling with volumes of paperbacks –mysteries and comedies to picture books and sports stories. Every child takes home a free book, and while waiting for their appointment, volunteers such as Joe and Pat Fete are on hand to read to them.
“A lot of the kids are book lovers, and especially in the summer time, when school is out, they need all the extra reading help they can get,” Pat said. “They come back, and they remember us. And they always love getting a free book.”
The Danis Pediatric Center joins 32 other St. Louis doctors’ offices in Reach Out and Read, a national program that provides books and encourages families to read with their children.