We have a bookshelf in every room, three in the master bedroom, two in the office, two in the living room. There are stacks of books and magazines on tables, on the floor, you can find a random book in a tote bag, a backpack, a few books in the foot well of the backseat of the car. We walk to the library once a week to pick out "new" books to read. The point is that in our home we love books. Not surprising since both parents were English Literature majors, eh? And named a daughter after a key character in American Literature. Reading in our house is like breathing, you don't think about it you just do it.
But what if you don't have a book? What if the only time you can get to hear a book read aloud to you is at school during storytime? So, help make a difference today. $5. That's the cost of one book in the virtual book drive. Children from low-income families hear as many as 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers before the age of 4. $5 can help change that. For the price of a chai tea latte you can put a copy of Curious George into a child's hands. For $5 you can help a child hear words that they are unlikely to encounter in regular spoken language or in primetime television. You can make it better, because Books Make it Better.