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Area health clinics give books to children in 'Reach Out and Read' program

Reach Out and Read is a nationwide effort to encourage literacy development (WLUK)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Some children will be receiving books from their doctor in Green Bay as part of the "Reach Out and Read" program.

Six Green Bay area Prevea Health Care centers are taking part in the program.

The program is part of a nationwide effort to encourage literacy development.

Children ranging from 6 months to age 5 are given a book to take home.

Doctors say reading plays an important part in a child's brain development.

"Reading is a very important part of childhood development and in language skills, it's important for brain development in general," said Dr. Michelle Hill of Prevea.

Reach out and read serves almost five million children and families each year across the nation.

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