Evaluation of Book Babies Program

Book Babies is a program created by Book Harvest to provide Medicaid-eligible Durham area children with books. Book Babies staff visit families starting at a child’s birth and every 6 months thereafter until the child starts Kindergarten. At each home visit, Book Babies staff deliver 10 age appropriate books and spend time with the caregiver to demonstrate different ways to read and interact with children while reading. Thus by the time a child reaches Kindergarten, the family will have had 10 home visits and received 100 books. The goal of the program is to provide books and guidance for parents so they can help develop their children’s pre-literacy and school-readiness skills in order to promote success in Kindergarten and beyond. The evaluation of Book Babies is designed as a pilot study to measure the impact of Book Babies on families who started the program in 2013.