Rx: Building Early Literacy in Healthcare | BookSpring

Rx: Building Early Literacy in Healthcare

We partner with healthcare providers to assist them with infusing early literacy interventions into their day to day practice.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that pediatric providers promote early literacy development beginning in infancy. By advising all parents that reading aloud with young children can enhance parent-child relationships and prepare young minds to learn, we can help build language and early literacy skills before preschool.


ReadWell promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud to support optimal child development. We also provide technical assistance and gently used books to participating sites in Central Texas.  BookSpring currently works with healthcare providers serving low-income families in Central Texas to provide:

  • New, age appropriate children’s books for distribution by pediatricians in well child visits;
  • Gently used books delivered for use in exam rooms between visits and waiting rooms;
  • A motivational prescription for reading and up-to-date information about free pre-school and adult literacy services;
  • Instructional materials for doctors and staff about best practices in pediatric literacy;
  • Ongoing evaluations of program quality with reports available;
  • Access to local staff and volunteers to support other needs on request.

Pediatric Literacy Kits

If you are outside of Central Texas or serving a mixed population of families, you can still participate in BookSpringRx.   We offer all the books and materials needed to run a pediatric literacy program in your practice on a subscription basis.  It’s easy, fast, and fun, and saves your practice the time and effort of selecting, printing, and ordering your own books and materials.  BookSpring books and materials are compatible with many programs, and contain unique messages and methods supported through research in pediatric literacy and health communication.   You can be a hero to families and improve your patient satisfaction scores, while helping your patients with the critical developmental milestones of early literacy.

Programs target children from birth through age five. The results are more frequent and engaging family reading aloud behavior in the home as prescribed by healthcare providers. 

To find out more about these programs, contact Gina Morales, Program Manager – Rx at rx @ bookspring.org or (512) 472-1791 x 107.