Studies show the strongest single indicator
of a child's future reading ability is having access to
a wide variety of reading materials in the home.
In fact, the only behavioral measure that correlates
significantly with reading scores is the number of books
in the home.
The 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.
works with existing based tutoring, mentoring, and
family literacy programs through local advisory boards.
An Advisory Board consists of volunteers from all
sectors of the community (nonprofit, business, and
government) who join together to raise funds and grant
new books to children in participating local literacy
programs. Since 1992, First Book has distributed over
50 million books
in over 3000 communities. First Book has partnered with
children's publishing companies such as Disney
Publishing Worldwide, Random House, Scholastic Inc.,
Harper & Collins and Simon & Schuster Children's Books.
These publishers have agreed to offer significant
discounts on books, including free shipping. With these
discounts the average cost per book is only $2.50.
The Literacy Site