Key PillarsACCESS TO BOOKS
Designed For: Grades PreK-12
Selection: English & Spanish
What It Includes: Book Packs with 4-8 books (with a Math title in every Bestseller K-5 nonfiction pack), FREE title-specific activity sheets with each book to foster family engagement.
Ideal User: Districts, Schools, PreK-12 Teachers, Principals, Administrators; Enrichment programs, Camps, Recreation and Parks, PTA/PTO
Why It's Important
Reading at school is critical, but reading outside of school is also essential to fostering enduring academic success. Research indicates that without practice, students lose reading skills, whereas students who receive books to read outside of school not only maintain their skills but actually make reading gains. Take-Home Book Packs give kids access to print materials in the home, which can dramatically improve children's reading performance. Giving kids reading materials year-round and over the summer months helps prevent losses in reading achievement and increases academic achievement overall.
Why It Works
Providing children a large variety of high quality books in their homes is one of the keys to closing income-based achievement gaps in literacy development. Take Home Book Packs build text-rich environments by offering age-appropriate, high-interest fiction, nonfiction, Spanish and high-low titles. The access to reading materials, paired with parental support, generates improved interest in the language arts curriculum and reinforces the role families play in their child's literacy success.