Just in time for Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2016, Grand View Health launched ‘Books for Babies,’ a new literacy program aimed at encouraging parents to read to their newborn.
Each year, The Birth & Family Center at Grand View Health delivers about1,300-1,500 babies and with the launch of Books for Babies, new parents will receive a special gift bag upon discharge, featuring Night-Night Little Pookie, a newborn-friendly book. Additionally, the bag will include a bookmark, applications for library cards to Bucks and Montgomery County Library systems, and reading tips for parents that promote literacy and help strengthen parent-child relationships.
Sheila Knerr, MD, Books for Babies program director and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) pediatrician on staff at Grand View, cited a 2014 study from the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Early Childhood that states, “Reading regularly with children stimulates brain development, builds language, literacy and social-emotional skills.” Dr. Knerr added, “With this gift, and words of encouragement from our staff, Grand View Health will be helping to support the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics to ‘use a robust spectrum of options to support and promote early literacy development for children beginning in infancy.’”
By partnering with local library systems, the staff at Grand View Health will also help to increase awareness about additional library resources, such as classes, programming, electronic media and educational seminars offered at community libraries.