Babies With Books NICU Read-a-thon Registration Form: Sept 12-22, 2022
Join us this Sept 12-22, 2022 in the third annual Babies With Books Read-a-thon to support NICU families and celebrate shared reading!
 
The BWB Read-a-thon is a friendly reading competition between NICUs to encourage reading with babies in the NICU for its many benefits to babies and families. This read-a-thon (Sept 12-22, 2022) builds upon last year's read-a-thon in which 101 NICUs participated (159% increase from the inaugural 2020 read-a-thon) and there were a total of 17,292 sessions of reading to babies over the nine day period (182% increase from 2020).

There is no cost to joining this NICU read-a-thon and hospitals that cannot provide books to their families can still participate! BWB will provide you with information and suggestions that make hosting a read-a-thon easy, fun, and successful. Participating hospitals receive BWB's read-a-thon process guide with step-by-step guidelines for organizing and implementing the read-a-thon. Our guide includes materials and resources such as:
Family information on how and why to read in the NICU
Healthcare Provider information on NICU reading rationale
Suggestions for engaging families and healthcare providers in read-a-thon
Templated materials to promote read-a-thon
Templated reading tracking sheets
​Templated data collection sheets
Books lists in multiple languages, including easy access to free, online books

Learn more about how reading aloud with babies beginning in the NICU supports infant brain development, promotes family bonding, and reduces stress here.  

For more information on the host organization, visit babieswithbooks.org.

For any questions or to discuss the read-a-thon, please contact Benjamin Olshin at benjamin.olshin@babieswithbooks.org.​
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To register for the BWB Multi-Site NICU Readathon (Sept 12-22, 2022), please provide:
Full Hospital Name *
Full Mailing Address of your Hospital (including city and state) *
Hospital Location (City, State, Country) *
University Affiliation (if not applicable, put N/A) *
Full Name of Primary Communicating Hospital Contact *
Email of Primary Communicating Hospital Contact *
Title/Role of Primary Communicating Hospital Contact (ex. NICU medical director, nurse manager, physician, nurse, OT/PT,  trainee, child life specialist, parent liaison, volunteer, other) *
A phone number (this could be the number for the NICU or the number of one of the leaders of your hospital's read-a-thon). Since hospital email firewalls sometimes block emails, a phone number is our second means of communication that we will only use if email does not work. *
(Optional) Secondary email contacts: if you would like any other people in your NICU to receive our emails, please list their emails below
Do you have books available for the read-a-thon? If not, no worries. We provide NICUs with free, downloadable reading materials as well as suggestions for more ways for NICUs to obtain books. *
When completed, would you like us to also send you our NICU Reading Program Process Guide with resources on how to create a NICU reading program or build upon one you already have?   *
Approximately how many infants are hospitalized in your NICU each year? *
Has your NICU participated in past BWB read-a-thons? *
Why are you/your hospital signing up for this read-a-thon? *
How did you hear about the Babies With Books read-a-thon? *
Are you or is your hospital part of quality improvement, family integrated care, patient/provider support, and/or reading/literacy related groups in which other NICUs would be interested in joining the read-a-thon? If so, please describe and provide email contacts if you have them. If not, write "N/A" *
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