Books To Grow On


How Books to Grow On Works

Families are given a new book gift at important milestones in their child's life as part of a healthy childhood. Starting with a book given at a prenatal visit with a doctor (Waiting for Baby), then at birth (Welcome Baby), at child well-visits, and finally as a gift when a child registers for kindergarten (Welcome to School Book), 11 new age-appropriate books are given to all families with young children in the county. Each book is given by a professional--a doctor, nurse, or teacher--with advice for families on the importance of early reading experiences and information to take home about establishing a family read-aloud routine.

A partnership project of:

Local Health Care Providers
Elementary Schools
Family Reading Partnership

The Books


Waiting for Baby
book given at a prenatal visit
Funded by Anonymous Friends of the Community

Welcome Baby set given at birth
Very Hungry Caterpillar funded by Tompkins Trust Company.  Welcome Baby Bag Funded by Wegmans

Funded by the Cope Family

Funded by Anonymous Friends of the Community and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Funded by the Lewis G. Schaeneman, Jr. Foundation

Funded by Triad Foundation

Welcome to School Book
given at kindergarten registration
Funded by M&T Bank