Seeking Books for Babies Coordinator

Read to Grow has a job opening for the coordinator (30-32 hours weekly) of our Books for Babies program. The position does not include benefits.

This managerial position is for one of the two programs Read to Grow has operated in Connecticut for the last 18 years. Today, Book for Babies is partnered with 14 hospitals where we deliver Literacy Packets to mothers of newborns on the maternity units. We train volunteers at those hospitals to meet casually with the mothers to talk about the packets and about encouraging their babies’ language skills.

Additionally, Books for Babies is collaborating with community health centers to offer workshops, baby books and other early childhood information to pregnant women receiving their care at those centers.

Basic job qualifications include: a minimum of a BA or BS degree; at least 5 years working experience; experience in managing/training others; good writing and speaking skills; proficiency with computers and basic programs, including Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint.

Background in one or more of the following is preferred: nursing; early childhood development or early childhood education; health sciences.

If you meet the qualifications and are interested in applying or getting more information, please initially contact us with resume by email at:

Thank you!

DESCRIPTION: part-time (30-32 hours a week, no benefits) managerial position in early childhood literacy program based in 14 hospital maternity units and 6 community health centers in the state.


  • oversight of program focusing on education of expectant and new parents about early brain development, childhood language skills and pre-literacy;
  • on-going development of expanding program;
  • casual/formal meetings with staff of hospitals and community health centers;
  • coordinating inventory, packaging and deliveries of program materials to different sites;
  • co-managing (with program associate) about 50 volunteers at main office and the partner hospitals;
  • regular travel, with reimbursed mileage, to partner hospitals and community health centers;
  • working closely with program associate, Read to Grow director and other staff.


  • BA or BS degree minimum;
  • background in one or more of following preferred: nursing, early childhood development or early childhood education, health sciences;
  • experience in managing/training others and good organization skills;
  • excellent abilities in writing and speaking;
  • proficiency with computers and basic programs, including Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint.




Guests who had their photographs taken with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the benefit event for Read to Grow on May 17 at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven can view those photos by clicking HERE. The link will take you to a page on the website of Tricia Bohan Photography.

You can download your photo by clicking the download button.

We will be posting other photos taken at the event on our website by May 26th.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at 203.488.6800 and ask for Robin Baker or Kyn Tolson


Learn about the Great Give

Read to Grow is participating in The Great Give 2017,
an online giving event for nonprofits in the New Haven region.

For 36 hours, starting at 8 a.m. on May 2, 2017 and lasting until 8 p.m. on May 3,your charitable donation will make us eligible for thousands of dollars in prizes when you give to us through

Please visit to make a donation to Read to Grow.

Your online donation during these two days will mean more babies and children will get free books and more parents will learn about the importance of reading to their children!

Please join us in this wonderful period of giving!



‘Big Words to Little Me’

Sakina Ibrahim (right) with two girls in her workshop at Wexler-Grant in New Haven.

Sakina Ibrahim used her book “Big Words to Little Me” to present a workshop on self-esteem and affirmation to girls in fifth, sixth and seventh grades at Wexler-Grant Community School in New Haven on April 5.

The hit presentation was part of the New Haven Police Department’s Community Wellness campaign, spearheaded by police Sgt. Shafiq Abdussabur. 25 copies of “Big Words to Little Me” were purchased by Read to Grow for the special program.

Ibrahim is a writer and social entrepreneur. She is an NAACP Image Award nominee for Outstanding Literary Work for her debut book “Big Words to Little Me: Advice to the Younger Self.” She holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of California Irvine. She has worked as a dance educator while operating leadership and education programs with organizations such as the Dance Theatre of Harlem.


It’s Out of This World!

The New Haven Public Schools received 5,024 free copies of the hardcover “Galactic Hot Dogs” this April from Read to Grow.

The books were collected by Lauren Canalori, who is the Lead Literacy Teacher for students in kindergarten through 8th grade in the New Haven schools. She and others are working on a plan to give the book to all students in two grades at the end of this school year for a summer reading campaign.

Read to Grow is delighted to be part of this special promotion of books and reading for young children!


Recent Grants Empower Our Mission

Walmart State Giving Program 

With $40,000 from Walmart Foundation, Read to Grow has purchased a new van. The 2017 Chrysler Ram ProMaster 1500 is already on the road, driven by Israel “Izzy” Oliveras. Izzy makes numerous book pick-ups and deliveries every week around the state. He expects to log more than 15,000 miles on the van’s odometer in the coming year.

Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven awarded Read to Grow a three-year grant totaling $52,000 to fund our Books for Babies program in Griffin, Saint Raphael and Yale New Haven hospitals and to support nine Book Places and five Partnerships in New Haven County and the Valley.

Pitney Bowes Foundation

For the ninth year, Pitney Bowes has backed Read to Grow, this year with $25,000. The grant is significant to our Books for Babies program in operating in St. Vincent’s and Bridgeport hospitals and will enable operations at four Book Places in Bridgeport.

The Bowerbird

The Bowerbird gift shop in Old Lyme gave $5,355 to Read to Grow as the beneficiary of proceeds from its gift-wrapping fee during the period from November 2015 through October 2016. We are grateful to have been selected for this philanthropic program at the store.


New Haven Police Opens Little Free Library

A Little Free Library has been set up at the Newhallville Substation of the New Haven Police Department as part of “Community Wellness” efforts organized by police Sgt. Shafiq Abdussabur.

Sgt. Abdussabur and New Haven resident Jane Lewis spearheaded setting up the Little Free Library in Newhallville, which opened on Nov. 12 at 596 Winchester Ave. Read to Grow supplied some of the books offered to the public at the always-open library. The library is a permanent box containing books for all ages and is attached to the outside of the substation.

No library card is needed, and members of the community take ownership. The library mantra—“take a book, share a book, add a book, and return a book—is similar to a program started in Rowan County, North Carolina and is designed to break down prejudices and build trust and good will between police officers and the community.


Books For Every Baby Campaign Launches

All Connecticut children should have ample opportunities for literacy, and the Books for Every Baby campaign, launched by Read to Grow on June 30, aims to achieve this goal. (See photos in our Photo Gallery, by clicking “News and Events” on top menu of this page.)

Read to Grow distributes more than 180,000 free books to Connecticut babies and children each year, reaching more than 58% of newborns through a hospital-based program. The new Books for Every Baby campaign intends to make it 100%.

Dr. Loyal shows RTG book

At the launch, Dr. Jaspreet Loyal displays the baby book all mothers of newborns at Yale New Haven hospital receive from Read to Grow in a packet that includes literacy resources for parents. Dr. Loyal is medical director of the hospital’s Newborn Nursery. Also pictured in the background, from left to right: Adry Sotolongo, a Hamden mother who received the Read to Grow packet when her baby was born 5 months ago; Roxanne Coady, founder of Read to Grow; U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, 3rd-District; Marna Borgstrom, President & CEO of Yale New Haven Health; and New Haven Mayor Toni Harp. Photo credit: Tricia Bohan Photography

At a press conference launching the campaign, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, spoke, along with Marna Borgstrom, President & CEO of Yale New Haven Health, and New Haven Mayor Toni Harp. The press conference was held at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital.