The Reach Out and Read (ROR) program at Comer Children's Hospital is an evidence-based program endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. ROR encourages families of young children to read aloud daily together and incorporates books into primary care.

During a well-child visit at our Comer Children's Hospital, UChicago Medicine at Ingalls-Flossmoor or UChicago Medicine Cottage Grove locations, children between 6 months to 5 years and their caregivers are offered a developmentally-appropriate book to read and take home.

This program helps:

  • Improve language acquisition.
  • Promote healthy brain development.
  • Help families build meaningful bonds.


A visit to the doctor and a brand-new book

It’s not unusual to see a toddler clutching their very own book after a checkup at the Comer Children’s Hospital Academic Pediatric Clinic. Daily reading aloud improves preliteracy skills, increases self-regulatory behavior and promotes parent-child bonding.