Babies With Books NICU Read-a-thon Registration: Sept 11-21, 2023
Note: if you have trouble registering, email and we will help you register.

Join us this Sept 11-21, 2023 in the fourth 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 11-21, 2023) builds on last September’s event in which 154 NICUs listed here participated and there were a total of 31,879 reading sessions over the 11 day period.

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

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To register for the BWB Multi-Site NICU Read-a-thon (Sept 11-21, 2023), 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. *
Who does the above phone number call? *
(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? *
Which past read-a-thons has your NICU participated in (check all that apply)? *
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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