Julianne Moore, Brooke Shields, John C. Reilly and Billy Crudup are just some of the big names lending their voices to a special charity event in October.

The stars will read specially selected children’s books to an adult audience, simulating what volunteers in Bellevue Hospital’s Pediatric Clinic do every day as part of the Reach Out and Read program. The Starry Night Stories event will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the program.

Children of Bellevue’s Reach Out and Read encourages reading aloud as a regular, joyful home activity that can improve language development, parent child interactions and school success.

For the past 15 years, pediatricians, parent educators, and volunteer readers have worked together to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and to give books to children at pediatric checkups from 6 months through 5 years of age, with a special focus on children growing up in poverty.

Children of Bellevue’s Reach Out and Read is part of National Reach Out and Read (ROR), an evidence-based nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. ROR is offered in all 50 states, Washington DC, and on U.S. Military bases overseas.

The event – which takes place on October 3 at Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, New York City – will also include hors d’oeuvres and wine reception.

For tickets and more information, click here.

15th Anniversary of Children of Bellevue's Reach Out and Read Program
15th Anniversary of Children of Bellevue's Reach Out and Read Program

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