Research verifies importance of books in the home for success in reading:
Some studies have found that it maybe not be enough to simply give kids access to libraries, but that it was the access to books actually in the home that lead to the most opportunities to read. Children without books in the home lose reading proficiency while kids who have access to books tend to gain reading proficiency. This can create a three to four month gap every year, which means that every two or three years, kids who don’t have access to books can fall an entire year behind the kids who do.
- “Summer Reading is Key to Maintaining or Improving Students’ Reading Skills,” Science Daily, July 21, 2010.
- “Books in Home as Important as Parents’ Education Level in Determining Children’s Education Level, Science Daily, May 20, 2010.
- “Children’s Access to Print Material and Education-Related Outcomes: Finds from a Meta-Analytic Review.” Reading is Fundamental Literature Review, August, 2010. Learning Point Associates. http://www.learningpt.org/pdfs/RIFandLearningPointMeta-FullReport.pdf
Literacy Resources in Our Area:
- Ann Arbor District Library: www.aadl.org
- Ypsilanti District Library: www.ypsilibrary.org
- Family Learning Institute: www.familylearninginstitute.org
- Literacy Coalition of Washtenaw County: www.lcwconline.org/
- Washtenaw Early On: www.wash.k12.mi.us/specialed/earlyon.php
- Washtenaw Literacy: www.washtenawliteracy.org
- International Reading Association: Information for Parents including Children’s Choice Annual Book Lists http://www.reading.org/informationfor/Parents.aspx
- Reading Is Fundamental: Parent Guide for Choosing Books for Children: http://www.rif.org/documents/us/choosing_books.pdf
- Oprah’s Reading Lists: http://www.oprah.com/packages/kid-reading-list.html
- US Dept of Education: Reading Tips for Parents: http://www2.ed.gov/parents/read/resources/readingtips/part_pg2.html