Did you know that as a nation…Scary, huh?!
· Two-thirds of 4th graders are below reading proficiency and 83% of low-income 4th graders are below proficient (National Assessment of Educational Progress)
· Some 42 percent of American children (31MM) lack the income to cover basic needs including child care and access to books (National Assessment of Educational Progress)
· In some of the lowest-income neighborhoods in the country there is only one book available for every 300 children. (University of Nevada Study)
· 44 million adults in the U.S. can't read well enough to read a simple story to a child. (National Adult Literacy Survey)
I've been fortunate enough to have a child who loves to read. He'll bypass the toy aisle (sometimes) and head straight to the book aisle. That's a blessing. It already has too many "statistics" to overcome based on the fact that he is a male and African American.
We were sent the book "Corduroy" by Don Freeman. This book is a classic. Kaden's grandmother said she has a couple of copies from when his dad and his sisters were growing up. If you have a copy of the book, you can follow along as I read. I must warn you, it lacks enthusiasm and includes the sound of nature (i.e. big trucks heard in the country) because I filmed this outdoors.
Disclosure: I was not compensated for writing this post. I think reading is important and support literacy efforts. KinderCare has offered me a complimentary 1-week campaign through MomSelect, but I chose to share THIS information on my own. The opinions and views are my own.