"Children with greater access to books and other print materials express more enjoyment of books, reading, and academics."
Children’s Access to Print Material and Education-Related Outcomes
The Bookshelf Project's mission is to cultivate an early love for books, reading, and life-long learning from birth thru age 8 by creating in-home libraries for children and improving access to culturally responsive books to support literacy attainment.
Closing the reading achievement gap and ensuring that all children, especially, Black and Brown children are prepared to succeed in school and everyday life.
WHY IN-HOME LIBRARIES MATTER
Literacy research indicates:
Children growing up in homes with at least twenty books get three years more schooling than children from bookless homes, independent of their parent's education, occupation, and class.
Early literacy encompasses all of a child’s experiences with conversations, stories (oral and written), books, and print.
The nurturing and one-on-one attention from parents during reading aloud encourages children to form a positive association with books and reading later in life.
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A bookshelf plays an important role in fostering a love for reading, creating space for sustaining an in-home library, and allows for easy access to books at any time.
Many of our bookshelves are purchased with donated funds that allow us to purchase new bookshelves directly from local retailers, some bookshelves are gently used and donated by members of the community,
other bookshelves are custom-made.
Our favorite bookshelves are those that are customized (see vid below) with unique themes like unicorns, Black Panther, and many other favorite children's characters and designs.
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