In some cases, parents report their child’s reading proficiency increased by four levels, after receiving free books.
According to the Children’s Defense Fund, “Recent data shows the majority of public-school students cannot read or compute at grade level, and poor and low-income children and children of color are particularly behind.”
Arizona and New York 4th graders reading achievement levels are below 225. The NAEP Reading scale ranges from 0 to 500. “Children who valued choosing their own books subsequently developed elaborate strategies for selecting books and reported being more intrinsically motivated readers”.