Here are a couple more selections – one highly regarded from someone I trust – and one from an author who provided hours of enjoyment for my daughter and I. Then – some simple facts about Literacy and Children. The Persnickety Princess
Tales from Upon A. Time – Book 1
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Just trust me on this one – there are no bad books in this authors list, but this is the all-time favorite.
There are so many GOOD titles out there for kids: find something they like, be it an author or a subject or even a pretty cover design. And encourage them to read.
♦ Having books in the home is twice as important as the father’s education level. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 2010
♦ The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school. National Commission on Reading, 1985
♦ The only behavior measure that correlates significantly with reading scores is the number of books in the home. The Literacy Crisis: False Claims, Real Solutions, 1998.
♦ Children who struggle in vain with reading in the first grade soon decide that they neither like nor want to read. Juel, 1998
♦ Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. BegintoRead.com
♦ Urging young people to read more when there is little available to read makes as much sense as urging starving people to eat, when no food is available. Krashen, 2007
♦ In middle-income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1, in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children. Neuman, Susan B. and David K. Dickinson, ed. Handbook of Early Literacy Research, Volume 2. New York, NY: 2006, p. 31.
♦ 80% of preschool and after-school programs serving low-income populations have no age-appropriate books for their children. Neuman, Susan B., et al. Access for All: Closing the Book Gap for Children in Early Education. Newark, DE: International Reading Association, 2001, p. 3.
♦ 61 percent of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children. Reading Literacy in the United States, 1996.
♦ More than $2 billion is spent each year on students who repeat a grade because they have reading problems. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
♦ Perhaps the most serious problem with current literacy campaigns is that they ignore, and even divert attention from, the real problem: Lack of access to books for children of poverty. Krashen, 2007
♦ Each dropout, over his or her lifetime, costs the nation approximately $260,000. Rouse, C.E. (2005). “Labor market consequences of an inadequate education.” Paper prepared the Social Costs of Inadequate Education symposium, Teachers College Columbia University. October 2005
♦ The most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children is to increase their access to print Newman, Sanford, et all. “American’s Child Care Crisis: A Crime Prevention Tragedy”; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, 2000
♦ Out-of-school reading habits of students has shown that even 15 minutes a day of independent reading can expose students to more than a million words of text in a year. Anderson, Wilson, & Fielding, 1988
♦ A single, brief exposure to good reading material can result in a clear increase in enthusiasm for reading. Ramos and Krashen, 1998; Cho and Krashen, 2002
♦ In 2009, Americans spent $3.2 billion on children’s books. The supply of quality used children’s books far outweighs the demand.
Children’s books can always be donated – libraries, shelters, food banks, organizations that help the needy. Encouraging the children in your life to read – more – only makes sense for everyone.