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from low-income families the opportunity to own new books.

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First Book is a national nonprofit organization with a single mission: to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. The primary goal of First Book is to work with existing literacy programs to distribute new books to children who, for economic reasons, have little or no access to books. Since its inception, First Book has provided nearly 30 million new books to children in need in hundreds of communities nationwide.

In the years since First Book's founding, educators and policymakers have become acutely aware of the need to develop strong community-based resource programs for low-income children, which is precisely the focus of First Book at the local level. One recent report funded by the Packard and MacArthur Foundations found that the average child growing up in a middle class family has been exposed to 1,000 to 1,700 hours of one-on-one picture book reading before entering school. The study found that the average child growing up in a low-income family, however, has only been exposed to 25 hours of one-on-one reading during this same time period.

At the local level, First Book leverages the strength of its entrepreneurial Advisory Board model to spark social change. By providing community-based literacy programs with an ongoing supply of new books, First Book plays a critical role in enhancing the quality of preschool and after-school programs nationwide. A literacy program in St. Louis serving 50 low-income children, for example, could receive 50 books each month for a year from First Book-St. Louis. The books would be chosen by program leaders working directly with the children, incorporated into program lessons, and given to the children to take home and keep.

All books distributed by First Book are provided at no cost to the child or program. With the support of First Book, these programs are able-often for the first time-to develop a curriculum around the books they select, share these books with participating children, and enable these children to share the magic of their new books with siblings and other family members at home.

61 percent of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children. While low-income children have--on average--roughly four children's books in their homes, a team of researchers recently concluded that nearly two thirds of the low-income families they studied owned no books for their children.

The only behavior measure that correlates significantly with reading scores is the number of books in the home. An analysis of a national data set of nearly 100,000 United States school children found that access to printed materials--and not poverty--is the "critical variable affecting reading acquisition."

The above text comes directly from First Book's website.


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