Supporting Early Literacy & Changing Lives Through Books

Unfortunately, sixty-one percent of families living in poverty lack books at home for their children. Academically, children growing up in homes without books are on average three years behind children in homes with lots of books.

The mission of The Children’s Book Bank is to fill children’s homes and lives with beautiful, engaging books.

When books are readily available at home, children spend more time reading — with their parents or on their own — developing the literacy skills needed to succeed in school. The development of early literacy skills through experiences with books and stories is directly linked to a child's success in learning to read. This leads to improved education for all students, higher literacy and graduation rates, and stronger communities.

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For children of color (over 60% of those we serve), disparities are further compounded by a lack of diverse representation in a majority of children’s books. We know through experience, and studies confirm, that children and families better engage with books when they can see themselves reflected on the pages they read and when they have access to books in their home language. In 2015, A Story Like Mine was launched to diversify our book inventory by purchasing culturally relevant books.