“I want to tell each child and each family that your city believes in you, and we’re going to invest in you from your first day here.”
Friends of the Amarillo Public Library, Storybridge, and Northwest Auxiliary have partnered together to purchase thousands of books for newborns. The goal is to deliver a new book to every baby born at Northwest Texas Hospital this year.
“I think we are on our way to making sure that Amarillo is the city where kids have books,” Storybridge Director Chandra Perkins told KLTV.
A common misconception is babies don’t need books until they can read.
“Studies have proved that if we can read to these babies, specifically during the first year of life, definitely by the age of two, that literacy rates go up tremendously,” said Denise Gouldy, director of Women and Infant Health at Northwest.
“It is actually never too early to start with a child. The recommendation is that you read fifteen minutes with your child every single day, from day one. It can have a huge impact on when they start reading and how prepared they are to start school,” said Stacy Yates, coordinator of public relations Amarillo Public Library.
“Babies need book experience from day one. In fact, listening is the first step to literacy,” said Perkins.
Born to Read organizers hope to grow this program and have enough funding to provide books to babies born at both Northwest and BSA Hospital next year.
The first book, chosen for its popularity and availability in English and Spanish, is Go, dog. Go! by Dr. Seuss.
Born to Read 806 hopes this book is more than just a book but a gift from the city.
“I want to tell each child and each family that your city believes in you, and we’re going to invest in you from your first day here. We believe you have something to contribute, we believe your potential is huge, and you can reach it, and we’re with you,” said Perkins.