Children living in poverty often enter kindergarten lacking the foundational skills critical for learning to read.
DID YOU KNOW?
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, and vocabulary.
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.