"This is book ownership," said Read Aloud Executive Director Mary Kay Bond. "This is the foundation of that personal library that is so important."
Much research shows that reading to children from birth helps them to grow into good readers themselves on schedule, somewhere around first grade. Children who read well are able to handle schoolwork and tend to go farther in school.
One 2010 study by a University of Nevada sociology professor found that the number of books in a child's home influenced educational attainment.
Children in families with 500 or more books averaged 3.2 more years of school than those without books. Even personal libraries of as little as 20 books made a significant difference, researchers found.
The results were true across 27 countries and in families rich or poor, whether parents were educated or not.
The last truckload of about 1,000 donated books will be passed on to the partner organizations this week.
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