Why We Matter
The Book Bank supports literacy development in low income communities because increased literacy rates are linked to poverty reduction.
“Higher literacy can boost the economic and financial success of individuals and the economy as a whole. It can reduce poverty, improve health, lift community engagement and lead to a higher standard of living. In fact, it is hard to identify any other single issue that can have such a large payoff to individuals, the economy and society.”
“Print books are appreciated for their physicality: parents like the feel of print, even the smell of it. And they like the look of books – aesthetically pleasing, books bring a homely feel and the impression of an intellectual household. Print is part of the bedtime routine and the physical book prompts bonding and cuddling.”
When children choose their own books and can take them home to keep, they are more likely to stay in school longer and have improved social, health and economic outcomes.
“Early exposure to books in [the] parental home matters because books are an integral part of routines and practices that enhance lifelong cognitive competencies .”
“….Our findings suggest that children’s reading levels are influenced by the size of the home library partly via the environment.”
Reading books improves our mental health!
“… know that science supports the idea that reading is good for you on several levels.”
“Aside from pleasure and practicality, reading strengthens the neural pathways like any muscle in your body.”
“We know from research that the reading circuit is not given to human beings through a genetic blueprint like vision or language; it needs an environment to develop.”