MESSAGE FROM READING IS FUNDAMENTAL

 

Imagine a best-seller list for the issues that matter most.

 

We see versions of this every Election Year – jobs, the economy, education, health care. But literacy?

Consider this. The child without books is on their way to becoming …

  • 1 of the 33 percent of 4th graders in the U.S. who cannot read at the most basic level
  • 1 of the 7,000 U.S. students who drop out of high school every school day
  • 1 of the 40 million adults in the U.S. who cannot read

There are 16 million children living in poverty in this country.

And for every 300 children in need, there is only 1 book.

Imagine a nation where all children have the books and literacy support they need to write their best life story. Where a greater number of students earn diplomas. Where our workforce is larger, smarter and more innovative. Where all communities are thriving.

It all starts with a book – and Book People like you. Thank you.

And if you haven’t yet, please share the Book People pledge with your family and friends on

Facebook, Twitter and good old-fashioned email.

Book People Unite,

Jay Brown
One of RIF’s Book People

 

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