Give a Kid a Book will address the issues regarding literacy in poverty stricken communities by personally distributing age appropriate books to children in the communities. With these actions, the volunteers of Give a Kid a Book feel that they will promote literacy, provide reading materials in home environments, and encourage parent involvement with reading at home and with his/her child/children.
According to the Reading Across the Nation: A Chart book, P. 87, 2007 “In New York, 48% of the young Children are reported to be read daily, close to the national average and ranking 28th in the nation. The early childhood population of New York is 51.7% white (Non-Hispanic), 17.2% Black (Non-Hispanic), and 22.6% Hispanic. Nearly 40% children age five and under are in or near poverty (36.6%). Daily reading varies by income level from 42.3% of children living at or below 200% Federal Poverty level (F.P.L.) to 58.9% children at 400% F.P.L. or above. Reading also varies by race/ethnicity with 58.1% of the white (Non-Hispanic) children read to daily compared with 37.8% of the Non-white children. Among fourth graders, 34% are proficient or above in reading, ranking 17th in the nation. New York has a ration of young children to public libraries that is close to the national average ranking 36th in the nation…” www.reachoutandread.org/download/RORCharbook_StatebyStateNarratives.pdf