FirstBook.org recently published a new study about how a students availability to books in primary school makes a tremendous impact on the reading habits of a student. In today’s world of controversy about digital books or printed books, it leaves people questioning – do books really matter?
The positive outcomes were:
-Increasing the number of books available to students increased occurrences of book borrowing, reading with others, voluntary reading and an overall improvement in basic literacy skills.
-75% of children in the study showed increased eagerness to read, both in and out of school.
These findings also supports our mission at Lectura Books, and the need for books in the home, lending libraries, and for school libraries and public libraries to provide books that are engaging to their community. For parents who may not have a history of reading with their children, it may take additional outreach, coaching and training in order for parents to institute a regular reading routine with their children.