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Parent-Baby Bonding

First in the Nation

The Littlest Reader Project Promotes Literacy for a Lifetime Through

Parent-Baby Bonding

NICU Families Northwest is the first organization in the US to provide beautiful, hardcover children’s books to NICU families during their hospital stay, free of charge, in order to promote parent-baby bonding and build foundational family literacy habits.

Since 2015, The Littlest Reader Project has been creating opportunities for parents to connect with their baby when medical necessity prevents, postpones, or compromises parent involvement in routine cares or kangaroo-care. The gift of a book encourages families to bond from day one, aids low-income families with little to no access to reading materials, and promotes foundational family literacy habits that can help with baby’s development long after discharge. When babies need additional rest to recover from the stress of surgery or even basic procedures such as IV placement, blood transfusions, vision or hearing tests, reading aloud allows parents to be present with their child and in a meaningful, compassionate way.

Click here for more information about this pioneering program.