We envision a future where students grow a love for reading, fostered by experiences both at home and at school.
Why we started
As an elementary school teacher in a gang influenced and high-poverty stricken Los Angeles neighborhood, our founder quickly learned that in order to help close the literacy achievement gap, her students needed access to books. There was a lack of age-appropriate and culturally relevant books in various reading abilities and that served many interests in the school’s classroom libraries, the school library, the local city library, at after school programs, and in the home. With the harsh reality and the startling literacy statistics of students in low socioeconomic status communities, Carla sought to bridge the gap and create a culture of literacy in her students.
In middle-income neighborhoods
the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1, in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children.”
– Handbook of Early Literacy Research
61% of America’s low-income children are growing up in homes without books.”
– Reading Literacy in the United States
Academically, children growing in homes without books are on average three years behind children in homes with lots of books, even when controlled by other key factors such as income and parents’ education.”
– Books and Schooling in 27 Nations