Connecticut Literacy Promotion: Husky Reads

Low literacy and limited access to healthy foods is particularly acute in urban youth living in poverty. Many preschool children have limited literacy and little understanding of healthy food choices. Modeled after the nationally recognized Reach Out and Read program,  Husky Reads promotes good health and nutrition habits by reading nutrition-focused, health-oriented books to children in waiting rooms of primary health clinics and in preschool classrooms through-out Connecticut.


Lessons include reading aloud several similarly themed picture books, doing a related craft or physical activity, and eating a healthy snack to support the learning objectives. Educators use reading as a means to heighten understanding of healthy nutrition.


Husky Reads is funded by the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed). The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides nutrition assistance to people with low income, so they can buy nutritious foods for a better diet.

Last page update:  February 24, 2017

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