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Robert Needlman

About Robert Needlman

Dr. Robert Needlman is co-founder of the literacy development program Reach Out and Read. He is a professor of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve Medical School in Cleveland and the coauthor of Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care (Ninth Edition). Visit

Reach Out and Read: A Life-Changing Idea

Nearly thirty years ago, an idea came to me that changed my life and my profession. I was a young pediatrician working at Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center), training to be a specialist in child development. The idea was that picture books are important in the lives of children, and can be an […]