Children of color were not born to be statistics. They were born to defy them.

Dr. Aaron D. Lewis

87% of students who reported reading for fun on their own time once a month or more performed at the Proficient level, while students who never or hardly ever read for fun performed at the Basic level. Students who read for fun every day scored the highest.

Children growing up in homes with many books get 3 years more schooling than children from bookless homes, independent of their parents’ education, occupation and class.

The only behavior measure that correlates significantly with reading scores is the number of books in the home.

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

61 percent of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children.

85 percent of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate.

It is estimated that the cost of illiteracy to business and the taxpayer is $20 billion per year.

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

In middle-income neighborhoods the ratio of age-appropriate books per child is 13 to 1 (13 books for every 1 child). In low-income neighborhoods the ratio is 1 to 300 (1 book for every 300 children).

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