Bring Me a Book educates parents on the importance of reading aloud to their children from birth to help foster a love of reading.
More than 80% of low-income childcare centers lack age-appropriate books.Only 50% of children in low-income areas are read aloud to on a daily basis. One in three children enter kindergarten lacking basic pre-literacy skills. Two-thirds of fourth graders cannot read proficiently. Two-thirds of low-income families have no age-appropriate books at home. Most low-income childcare centers and preschools lack age-appropriate books. Many parents do not understand the critical importance of reading.
Through Bring Me A Book, the Bookcase Library Program provides bookcases of age-appropriate, culturally diverse, hardback books to children in underserved communities. These libraries are placed at our partner organizations: White Shield & Morrison Family Services.
An independent study found that with this program parents spent twice as much time reading to their children and Children's early literacy skills improved significantly!
Junior League of Portland Home Page
Bring Me A Book home page
Morrison Child & Family Services