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Free Books for Kids Program


All you need is 20 books in the home to start making a positive impact on literacy and learning.  The more books you add the greater the impact.

We give out free children's books through our follow projects:
If you would like to donate gently used or new children's books for ages 0 to 12, you can drop them off outside of our office in the Sherwood Business Centre (161 St. Peter's Road).  Please no adult books or books with tears or writing in them.  We would also prefer books that were published no earlier than 2000. Thank you.

What the research says
Whether rich or poor, highly literate or not, parents who have books in the home increase the level of education their children will attain, according to a 20 year study by the University of Nevada involving 27 countries. The study is one of the largest and most comprehensive studies ever conducted on what influences the level of education a child will attain.

A
bookless home versus a home with a 500-book-library has as great an effect on the level of education a child will attain as having barely literate parents verus highly literate parents.  Both factors, having a 500-book library or having university-educated parents, propel a child 3.2 years further in education, on average.

Children of lesser-educated parents benefit the most
from having books in the home. Getting some books into their homes is an inexpensive way that we can help these children succeed. Even a little bit goes a long way – having as few as 20 books in the home still has a significant impact on propelling a child to a higher level of education, and the more books you add, the greater the benefit. You get a lot of 'bang for your book'.

 


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