The Importance of Childrens Literacy

Children with literacy problems typically come from low-income families
They have no books at home, and have caregivers who are not aware of the importance of reading to their children. Yet, studies have proven that books at home and reading aloud to children are two of the most important factors that help children develop essential language and reading skills. Thousands of children in Australia live in homes without sufficient economic resources to meet basic needs.
Illiteracy has a huge impact on Australia's citizens, community, and economy.
Children who lack early exposure to reading tend to suffer from low self-esteem, struggle academically, and are at much higher risk of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and delinquency. Parents who are functionally illiterate tend to have children who struggle with reading, thus perpetuating an inter-generational problem—an intertwined cycle of poverty and illiteracy.
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Adults and Literacy

Adults who can't read earn lower wages, are more likely to be unemployed, and often depend on social services throughout their lives. Parents living in poverty are two-and-one-half times more likely to have children with reading and language deficits.

In addition, parents are less likely to be involved in their child's education and less likely to read with them on a daily basis. And yet, when parents are involved in their child's learning in school and at home, children do better in school and they stay in school longer.

In fact, being read to as a child is the number one predictor of academic success in school.

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Book Distribution Program

Provides new books (up to five books to each child per year) to read, share, and cherish.

A child's pride in learning to read is a key element in achieving literacy. By providing children with new books to keep, Books for Kids enhances the relationship between parent and child and the relationship between child and book.

To excite children about reading, books are distributed through motivational events held at partner sites. This year, thousands of children will benefit by motivational reading events that will be held as part of Books for Kids book distribution program.

To date Books For kids has 38 Distribution Centers across Australia


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