Newborn babies and their parents.
Books for Babes is a community-based, early-literacy project initiated by TAU Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an International Society of Educators in Stockton. Their mission is to prepare children for success in school through early exposure to books and the spoken language so that they may enter school with confidence and master grade-level reading by the third grade.
Books for Babes serves two local hospitals in San Joaquin County: St. Joseph's Medical Center and San Joaquin General Hospital, where newborn babies are provided with baby's first book. This special book, Rock-a-bye Baby Reader, includes passages to read to baby along with parent information focused on why it is important to read to baby from birth.
Books for Babes is funded by TAU Chapter fundraisers, community grants and individual donations. They believe children who have been read to from birth will be life long learners. Books for Babes offers an opportunity for individuals to honor or celebrate friends or family members through donations to this early-literacy project. Donor labels are attached to books to honor individuals. Each donation is tax deductible.