All children deserve to grow up with books – and lots of them. However, 61% of America’s low-income children are growing up in homes without books. Books in the home are the single biggest indicator of academic success — surpassing income, parents’ education, family composition, and all other factors. Academically, children growing up in homes with no books are on average three years behind children in homes with lots of books.The most powerful and highest-impact way to improve the reading achievement of economically disadvantaged children is to increase their access to books.
On December 18th, volunteers of the Denver Chapter hosted a book drive of new or gently used books for children in need at the Sheridan Library. They collected, sorted and donated books as well as made fun bookmarks for local foster children, homeless shelters as well as organizations that work to provide books to low income children like Family Tree and Reading Partners Colorado.