The more you read, the more things you’ll know. The more you know, the more places you’ll go! – Dr. Seuss
The purpose of the Book Project is to provide gently-used, quality children’s books to those who might not be able to purchase books on their own. We hope to have a “Book Blitz” at each Title 1 school or corresponding Community Center in the City of Chesapeake. Our goal is to allow each child to select two books of their own.
Did You Know?
Children who grow up in homes where books are plentiful go further in school than those who don’t. Children with low-education families can do as well as children with high-education families if they have access to books at home*.
There is a significant economic reading gap for students: only 16 percent of students eligible for “free or reduced lunch” programs are proficient in reading, compared to 42 percent who are not eligible*.
Every school day in America, 3,000 students drop out — the majority of them are poor readers. Students with below grade level reading skills are twice as likely to drop out of school as those who can read on or above grade level*.
Among adults at the lowest level of literacy proficiency, 43% live in poverty. Among adults with strong literacy skills, only 4% live in poverty*.