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Important Research on the Link between Book Ownership and Literacy:

Family Scholarly Culture and Educational Success: Books and Schooling in 27 Nations
Authors: M.D.R. Evans, Jonathan Kelley, Joanna Sikora, Donald J. Treiman

This 2010 scholarly article concludes children growing up in homes with many books obtain 3 years more schooling than children from bookless homes –independent of their parents’ education, occupation, and social class. This illustrates how having access to books in the home can be as great an advantage for a child as having highly-educated, professional parents.

Giving Children Access to Printed Materials Improves Reading Performance
Authors: Learning Point Associates, commissioned by Reading is Fundamental (2010)

This report presents the results of a comprehensive literature search of over 11,000 reports and 108 of the most relevant academic studies, concluding that book lending and ownership programs have positive behavioral, educational, and psychological outcomes for children.

How Reading Books Fosters Language Development around the World
Authors: David K. Dickinson, Julie A. Griffith, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

This 2012 scholarly review article examines research on the connections between language development and reading proficiency later in life, focusing on the environmental factors associated with language learning and interventions developed in varied countries for encouraging book use by parents of young children.

America’s Early Childhood Literacy Gap
Authors: Lume Institute, commissioned by Jumpstart (2009)

This report presents an overview of children's early literacy development, explains the early literacy skills gap typically found between children from low-income and middle- or high-income families, and illustrates the role that early interventions (like providing books) can have in reducing the gap.