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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 article concludes children growing up in homes with many books obtain 3 years more schooling than children from bookless homes –independent of parental education, occupation, and social class.

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

This report concludes 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 article examines research on the connections between language development and reading proficiency later in life and glo interventions for encouraging parents to read to their young children.

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

This report addresses children's early literacy development, the early literacy skills gap among varying socio-economic statuses, and how early interventions (like providing books) can reduce the gap.


Giving Our Children a Fighting Chance

Authors: Susan B. Neuman and Donna C. Celano


Explores the knowledge gap between affluent and limited-resource Americans, specifically, how financially struggling Americans' lack of information capital hinders their economic and social mobility.