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The Rock ‘N Read Program

It's never too early to read to a child! As soon as a baby is born, he or she starts learning. Just by talking to, playing with, and caring for a baby every day, parents help their baby develop language skills necessary to become a reader. By reading with their baby, parents help their child foster a love of books and reading right from the start.

Why is it important to read to a child? Reading is the key to a child’s success. Children who are raised in homes where books are read, stories are told, and children have an opportunity to communicate, will be the most successful in learning to read. A child learns more in the first five years of life than any other time. RNR’s vision is literate Ouachita and Calhoun Counties in which all preschool children have access to books, discover the joys and value of reading, and are ready to read successfully when they enter kindergarten.

RNR’s mission is to encourage parents to begin reading to their babies at birth and to encourage parents to continue reading to their children, especially during the first five years of their lives. RNR’s priority is reaching preschool children who are residents of Ouachita and Calhoun Counties from newborn through age 4.

Read early and read often! RNR’s goals are to give every parent of a newborn a Rock ‘N Read book packet and to give age-appropriate books and additional reading information every year to the child and parents on the birthday month of the child. RNR packets are free!

Magic happens when you give books to children. Eyes sparkle, smiles emerge, and imagination comes alive. That’s the mission embraced by RNR — to encourage parents to motivate their children, at an early age, to have a lifelong, life changing love of reading. Reading is an experience that children will remember for a lifetime, and one that will make such a difference in their life!

Remember Our Challenge Kids ‘Need Reading Early And Daily

For more information contact:

RNR Coordinator

RNR Board Members

  • Kathy Bowles, Chair
  • Ginger Fisher
  • Donna Sanders
  • Mary Porchia-Wilborn
  • Tiffany Cox
  • Fonda Rawls