Wednesday, April 17, 2013

World Book Night Spreads the Literacy Love

Books changed my life as a kid, which is why I try to do my small part by volunteering with as many literacy initiatives as I possibly can. I know first hand that reading saves lives. Being unable to read can set a child up for unimaginable struggle. How can we sit by & let this happen? We all have something to give-no matter how small.

Read these 11 facts from the website.

  • 1.  Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. Over 70 percent of America’s inmates cannot read above a 4th grade level.
  • 2.  1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read.
  • 3.  As of 2011, America was the only free-market OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) country where the current generation was less well educated than the previous.
  • 4.  Literacy is a learned skill. Illiteracy is passed down from parents who can neither read nor write.
  • 5.  Nearly 85 percent of the juveniles who face trial in the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate, proving that there is a close relationship between illiteracy and crime. More than 60 percent of all inmates are functionally illiterate.
  • 6.  53 percent of 4th graders admitted to reading recreationally “almost every day,” while only 20 percent of 8th graders could say the same. (2009 study)
  • 7.  75 percent of Americans who receive food stamps perform at the lowest 2 levels of literacy, and 90 percent of high school dropouts are on welfare.
  • 8.  Teenage girls ages 16 to 19 who live at or below the poverty level and have below average literacy skills are 6 times more likely to have children out of wedlock than the girls their age who can read proficiently.
  • 9.  Reports show that low literacy directly costs the healthcare industry over $70 million every year.
  • 10.  In 2013, Washington, D.C. was ranked the most literate American city for the third year in a row, with Seattle and Minneapolis close behind.
  • 11.  Long Beach, CA was ranked the country’s most illiterate city, followed by Mesa, AZ, and Aurora, CO
  • I'm both honored and excited to be an official BOOK GIVER for World Book Night 2013. 

    I'll be giving away HOUSE ON MANGO STREET by Sandra Cisneros, one of my all time favorite reads, at the Fort Washington Library located at 535 West 179th Street between Audobon and St. Nicholas Avenues April 23, 2013. Come say hello and get a free copy of this brilliant book.

    World Book Night Books for 2013
    "World Book Night U.S. is a celebration of books and reading held on April 23, when 25,000 passionate volunteers across America give a total of half a million books within their communities to those who don’t regularly read. In 2012, World Book Night was celebrated in the U.S., the UK, Ireland, and Germany and saw over 80,000 people gift more than 2.5 million books."

    Twitter: @wbnamerica

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