The City of New York has partnered with literacy non-profit Reach Out and Read to distribute 200,000 bundles of books for babies throughout the city.
The two-year effort will put free books in the hands of young families with children under the age of three. Scholastic is reportedly donating the books. The Associated Press has more:
Each bundle will include a book called “Love Is.” It’s designed to encourage early childhood language development and establish bonds between parents and children.
Various hospitals throughout the city participate in the program and already encourage reading to young children by distributing books at wellness check ups.