Did you know that as many as 60% of kindergarteners enter school without the requisite reading-readiness skills? Or that children who do not read on grade level by the end of 3rd grade are four times less likely to graduate on time or drop out and that 85% of children in the juvenile justice system are functionally illiterate? Unfortunately, these are the facts that are prevalent across Houston – the fourth largest city in the nation – which impacts our social and economic vitality.
You can provide each child with two books to begin or build their home library. When you consider there is only 1 book for every 300 children living in low-income homes, two books will make a difference in their lives.