Books4Babies Program

Every family with a newborn in Prince Williamnewborn baby sleeping holding stuffed animal County goes home from the hospital with a children's book, developmental milestone guide, and early learning resources. Trained volunteers educate families about the importance of learning through repetition and reading aloud to children beginning in infancy. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents read to their children every day, from birth through the beginning of kindergarten. Start reading today!

Reading tips: 

  • Cuddle and read with emotion.

  • Reading exposes your baby to sounds and helps their language grow.

  • Choose colorful, simple, and sturdy books. 

  • Talk about the pictures. 

  • It's okay if your baby doesn't understand the words.

  • Laugh and have fun!

  • Text BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 to receive free text messages on topics such as developmental milestones, immunizations, nutrition, safe sleep, safety, and more. 

    The American Academy of Pediatrics Recommends Reading
    to Children Everyday Beginning at Birth

     Babies born at all three hospitals in Prince William County: Novant Health Prince William Medical Center, Novant Health UVA Haymarket Medical Center, and Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, receive a special gift through our signature Books 4  Babies program.  Each baby born receives a first book, a  bookmark with baby brain development information and  how-to tips to begin reading, and a developmental  milestone wheel for ages one month through five years.  Parents are given a choice of English or Spanish materials.  Our volunteers educate parents on the importance of  reading, talking, singing, and rhyming - all things that  support healthy brain development.

    Read this story to learn more about Books4Babies and the brain benefits of connecting babies to books.