It’s estimated that 93 million US adults have only basic or below basic literacy skills. Delaware’s premiere tutoring facility and private school, Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc., in a unique partnership with Success Won’t Wait, Inc., delivered close to 1,000 children’s books in Children’s Book Baskets throughout Delaware during National I Love to Read Month.
“This is a literacy project that has incredibly wide-reaching consequences,” explains Back to Basics’ President and Founder Beverly Stewart, M.Ed. “If each of these baskets encourages three children per day to pick up a book or have a parent read aloud to them (a conservative estimate), over the course of just one year, over 20,000 children will read a book.”
Each basket contained 40+ books including a wide variety of titles geared toward children of all ages and interests. Throughout February, National I Love to Read Month, Back to Basics tutors, office staff and students delivered the baskets to high traffic waiting rooms and lobbies in a variety of locations where children frequently wait. Some examples of locations that received book baskets include doctors’ and dentists’ offices, hair salons, dance and karate studios, and auto repair shops.
This project was created in response to literacy statistics that rank access to reading materials as one of the most important predictors of a child’s future reading success. According to Sanford Newman in his book American’s Child Care Crisis: A Crime Prevention Tragedy, ““The most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children is to increase their access to print. Communities ranking high in achievement tests have several factors in common: an abundance of books in public libraries, easy access to books in the community at large and a large number of textbooks per student.”
Many thanks to everyone at Back to Basics Learning Dynamics who helped make the project a reality!