“Simply providing access is the first and most important step in encouraging literacy development.”

Stephen Krasher, Bridging the Equity with Books (1998)

If more access leads to more reading, and if more reading leads to better reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and a larger vocabulary, this means that the first step any literacy campaign needs to take is to make sure children have access to plenty of books.

Standford Newman, American Child in Crisis (2000)

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly two-thirds of low-income American families do not own any books for their children.

Books are essential to developing a healthy self-image and are how we discover and learn new things.

Students who reported having all four types of reading materials (books, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias) in their home scored, on average, higher than those who reported having fewer reading materials.

The Nation’s Report Card: Fourth-Grade Reading 2000, April 2001, The National Center for Education Statistics

Out-of-school reading habits of students have shown that even 15 minutes a day of independent reading can expose students to more than a million words of text in a year.

Anderson, Wilson & Fielding, 1988

Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are 3-4 times more likely to drop out in later years.

National Adult Literacy Survey, (1002) NCES, U.S. Department of Education

The educational careers of 25 to 40 percent of American children are imperiled because they don't read well enough, quickly enough, or easily enough.

Committee on Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children of the National Research Council, 1998

More than 3 out of 4 of those on welfare, 85% of unwed mothers, and 68% of those arrested are illiterate. About 3 in 5 of American prison inmates are illiterate.

Washington Literacy Council

14% of adults in this country can't read this website.
That’s 1 out of every 7 people.

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