Home libraries make a huge difference in kid’s lives. A 20-year study found that, regardless of nationality, parents’ education level or economic status, the presence of books in the home is one of greatest indicators of a child’s academic success.
Researchers found that having as few as 20 books in the home has a significant impact on a child’s ability to reach a higher level of education. The impact is especially great for kids from disadvantaged families.
If you work with kids in need, you can access books to build home libraries for the children you serve through the First Book Marketplace.
Evans, Mariah, Dr., Kelley, J., Sikora, J., and Treiman, D.J. “Family Scholarly Culture and Educational Success: Books and Schooling in 27 Nations.”Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, Volume 28, Issue 2. Pages 171-197. June 2010.