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TAKE ACTION TODAY
- Go through your bookshelves and pull out books that you will never read again or have owned for more than 2 years and haven't read yet.
- Pack the books in a box.
- Call your local library, school, foster home, or children's organization to see if they need books.
- Deliver the books.
- If you don't have any books at home, purchase some to donate or find an organization that accepts financial donations and will purchase books and deliver them where they are needed.
- 61% of low-income families in the U.S. have no books in their homes for their children.
- 43% of adults with the lowest level of literacy proficiency live in poverty.
- Only 4% of adults with strong literacy skills live in poverty.
- 55% of children have an increased interest in reading when given books at an early age.
- Children with a greater variety of reading material in the home are more creative, imaginative, and proficient in reading. They are also on a better path toward educational growth and development.
- There is only 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children in low-income neighborhoods compared to 13 books per child in middle-income neighborhoods.