It is widely known that reading to and with young children is vital to their academic success. But many parents may not be aware that reading to newborn babies – including those born prematurely – sets that child on the path to being a successful reader.
Women & Infants Hospital’s Transition Home Plus and Partnering with Parents programs received a generous donation of books for babies in the hospital’s Carter Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The book, “Making Time for Reading: A Story Guide for Parents of Babies and Young Children,” was written by Weymouth resident Jean Ciborowski Fahey, PhD and illustrated by RISD graduate and Providence resident Peter J. Thornton, and was made possible through contributions from the Auxiliary of Women & Infants Hospital.
The author and illustrator recently came to Women & Infants’ NICU to meet some parents and give out the first autographed copies of the books. That day, books were given to Johnston resident Tamara Palazzo for her son Ronnie Joseph.