This is a sad and sobering statistic – 61% of children who live in poverty have no books in their homes. That’s right, zero. It’s hard for me to even comprehend a house with no books. Another depressing statistic – by age three, children living in poverty have heard 30 million fewer words than their peers who do not live in poverty.
I’m sure there are many organizations who try to help solve this problem, but two good ones that I know of are Raising a Reader (raisingareader.org) and locally in Los Angeles we have BookEnds.org. You can actually donate to either cause or you can mail or drop off some of your old books to BookEnds. They have all the details on their website. What a great way to teach your child about giving and sharing a love of reading with others!