61% of lower income families have no children’s books in the home. This lack of books puts children at a disadvantage, because 75% of students who are poor readers in third grade remain poor readers in high school.
Middle-income children are read to aloud an average of 1,200 hours by the time they reach kindergarten. Lower-income children are read to about 25 hours.
Children develop much of their capacity to learn in the first three years of life when their brains grow to 90% of their eventual adult weight.
Providing books for children often is a great advantage to their parents as well. Parents with low reading skills have been shown to improve their literacy by having books in the house. The family reading together has a better chance of breaking the illiteracy cycle that keeps appearing generation after generation.
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