because all children should have access to books
Lack of Access to Books
Children growing up in homes with at least twenty books get three years more schooling than children from bookless homes, independent of their parents’ education, occupation, and class. Sadly, in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children. As a result, half of children from low-income communities start first grade up to two years behind their peers.
Increasing Literacy Rates
The most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children is to increase their access to print. SkyBuilders 4 All’s Literacy Program brings books to children who lack access because studies show that greater access to books and other print materials express more enjoyment of books, reading, and academics.