Reading Transforms Lives
Being a good reader is central to success in school and in life. Yet reading is
far more than simply a requirement for success. Reading can bring joy and knowledge,
and reading can spark ideas and creativity that transform lives. Young people
who don't read are less likely to succeed, and less likely to graduate from
Our Kids Need New Books!
We seek books during the Give Back, Give Books drive because many city school
students are in need of books, at home and in school. Teachers and school
administrators tell us that many city school students do not have pleasure reading
books at home.
We also know that city school libraries are short on pleasure reading books. Indeed
the average city school fiction book is 20 years old, so students are often frustrated
when seeking out a timely book. In addition, city school libraries receive one-third
the new book funding of suburban libraries. Help us give young readers a chance to read new books as well as classics.
Pleasure Reading Builds Literacy
We believe that by donating books, we will encourage more reading. Indeed, our own
surveys in local high schools found that 70 percent of high school students read books to their
brothers, sisters and cousins. Donating a book not only contributes to the literacy of the student
who receives the book, but it helps them spread their love of reading as well.
Why do books make a difference? Researchers suggest that pleasure and recreational
reading improves reading comprehension. Adults who can not read well face challenges
finding work. Providing books to children and school libraries is a proven way to help students become more successful academically and in the future.