The Children's Literacy Program hosted several children's book readings for patients at Children's Hospital Central California.
The most recent book reading was by Fresno Unified School District Teacher Karen Adler. She read her book "California Fruit Raps" for patients in the Child Life Classroom. The book features 15 educational songs about fruits that are grown in the Golden State. Adler also helped the kids make fruit creatures using strawberries, grapes, apples and raisins.
On May 29th, Registered Nurse Cheryl Cardott read her book "The Adventures of Pogo the Elephant" for patients. She autographed a copy of the book for each child.
The book readings are just one aspect of the Children's Literacy Program. Year round doctors and staff talk to families about the importance of reading and write special prescriptions for parents to read to their children. Patients receive a book during appointments. The hospital hosts quarterly literacy fairs and other special events to promote reading.
The Children's Literacy Program is funded through a combination of local and federal grants, including those from Reach Out and Read, Reading Is Fundamental, Bank of America, Target, Macy's and The Bertha and John Garabedian Charitable Foundation.