The Need for Books

Children living in poverty often enter kindergarten lacking the foundational skills critical for learning to read.

A child from a low-income family enters first grade with an average of only 25 hours of one-to-one picture book reading, compared with 1,000 to 1,700 hours for a child from a
typical middle-class home.*  

Studies show children need daily at-home experiences with books to increase their exposure to the written word, literature, and a variety of informational topics, concepts, vocabulary, and cultures.  

The development of early literacy skills through early experiences with books and stories is directly linked to a child's success in learning to read.

The harsh reality is that two thirds of low-income families own no books for their children.

With nearly one in five urban preschoolers living below the federal poverty level, the need for books is huge. 

And, considering the benefits of multicultural books, but their general lack of availability, the need for culturally diverse books is even bigger.  Learn more about the need for culturally diverse books and our response with "A Story Like Mine."