Access to Books
The mere presence of books in a child's life—at home and in their communities—profoundly
impacts their academic achievement. In fact, children raised in a home with
books are 20% more likely to finish college, and yet 61% of low-income families
have no books at all in their homes for their children.
Scholastic Literacy Partners play an active role in increasing children's access
to age-appropriate books and providing literacy-based programming that aligns
to curriculum goals.
THE IMPACT OF BOOKS
- Placing books in the hands of children fundamentally influences their chances for both personal and academic success (Constantino, 2014; Neuman & Celano, 2012; McGill-Franzen, 2016; Allington & McGill-Franzen, 2013; Kim, 2009).
91% of teachers say that making sure children have access to books is an important strategy for parents seeking to help their child succeed in school (Scholastic; The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 2013).
The most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children is to increase their access to print (Neuman & Celano, 2012).
Access to books is fundamental to a hopeful, productive life (Cunningham & Zilbulsky, 2014; Jacobs, 2014; Neuman & Celano, 2012).
The only behavior measure that correlates significantly with reading scores is the number of books in the home (McQuillan, 1998).
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents and caregivers read
to children starting at birth to help build and strengthen cognitive and language
skills. Emergent literacy skills develop during the preschool years, so early
exposure to literature is essential for children to develop and recognize the
sound units that make up words. By promoting early literacy, you will be:
- Boosting brain development
- Increasing phonological awareness
- Assisting with alphabet and print knowledge
- Supporting oral language skills
- Helping with reading readiness
A Scholastic Literacy Partnership provides you with a wide array of board books
and picture books that will allow your program to support parents and caregivers
with the invaluable opportunity to jumpstart their children's reading ability.
THE IMPACT OF EARLY LITERACY
- "As the newborn hears sounds and discriminates the oral language, he or she
begins to build the foundation of written language and reading and writing"
(Bowman, Donovan, & Burns, 2000).
- Reading to children starting at birth strengthens cognitive and language skills—providing
children with strong literacy education in the early years leads to better academic
outcomes and reading success later on (Campbell et al., 2002).
- Children who are immersed in rich language may hear 30 million more words by
the time they enter school, compared to children who aren't (Hart & Risely,
High-quality after-school programs and other expanded learning opportunities
directly correlate with increases in academic achievement, school engagement,
and social and emotional development. After-school, before-school, summer-school,
and Saturday learning programs help keep children on-task and engaged.
In addition to boosting academic performance, children benefit from
a safe, structured, expanded learning environment in the following ways:
- Access to academic resources after school
- Preparation for college and career
- More independent reading practice
By incorporating Scholastic's resources into your organization, you have the
means to develop a literacy-focused extracurricular program that gives children
a supportive environment to continue their development after the bell rings.
The Impact of Expanded Learning Opportunities
- "For students who need extra support to be successful academically, what happens
before and after school can be as important as what happens during the school
day" (NEA Policy Brief, 2008).
- Students who participate in after-school programs are more likely to develop
the proficiency they need to succeed in school; they earn higher grades, have
improved attendance, behave better in school, and are more likely to graduate
(Sabina Gesell, Vanderbilt University).
- Children and youth who participate in well-implemented programs and activities
outside of school are poised to stay enrolled longer and perform better in
school than their peers who do not attend such programs (Priscilla Little,
Harvard Family Research Project, 2009).
The summer months are a pivotal time to advance student reading skills and narrow
the cumulative achievement gap between children with means and those without.
A Scholastic Literacy Partnership offers programs that engage students in independent
reading and heighten motivation during the summer while also building literacy
skills. A summer program can:
- Provide windows of opportunity for early readers
- Build text-rich environments and foster a reading culture outside of school
- Promote independent reading and heighten motivation
- Prepare students for college and careers
- Enhance language acquisition for English language learners
- Help mitigate the effects of the “summer slide”
The Impact of summer literacy
- Summer reading loss accounts for at least 80% of the reading achievement gap
by ninth grade (Allington & McGill-Franzen, 2009).
- Children who read as few as six books over the summer break can maintain their
reading skills at a level achieved in the preceding school year (Allington
& McGill-Franzen, 2008).
- “Reading scores can improve when children get help choosing skill-appropriate
books and read those books over the summer break..." (Kim & White, 2008).
By pairing children with caring adults, leadership programs help young people
develop strong interpersonal relationships, improving their reading abilities
and building beneficial social skills. As a Scholastic Literacy Partner, you
have access to programs that bring trained mentors into your organization who
will work directly with children and help them build these foundational relationships.
These programs help children:
Become leaders in their communities
Prepare for college and careers
Improve their social and emotional life
Overcome bullying and teasing
Establish supportive and beneficial relationships
The Impact of BUILDING LEADERSHIP SKILLS
Through mentorship, young people develop social skills and emotional well-being,
improve cognitive skills, bolster their self-confidence, and learn to plan
for the future (Rhodes, 2008).
Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers
to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class (Tierney et al.,
"Increasingly […] researchers are trying to take into account the much wider range
of academic and nonacademic factors—including intellectual habits, self-management
skills, and knowledge about higher education" (Heller, 2010).
- Young people learn how to strengthen communication skills and relate well to
all kinds of people (Tierney et al., 1995).
We believe in making it as easy as possible to create text-rich environments
in your community. Our experts work with you to tailor age- and interest-appropriate
book collections, and we can even add training materials for the community
leaders, staff, or volunteers who work directly with children or parents.
At no additional cost, our experts will develop a strategy that:
Conforms to your budget
Gets popular books into the hands of the children and families in your community
Sorts books and resources by age range
Enhances the core mission of your organization
If you don't see exactly what you're looking for in our Initiatives or Products
pages, contact one of our experts to get started on a literacy support strategy
that's right for you.