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Books In Every Home 2020

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Project ended on November 06, at 12:01 PM MST
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Welcome to the Books in Every Home Fall 2020 Campaign!

Books In Every Home is a student run program focused on providing low-income Boise school children with access to high quality, culturally inclusive reading materials. Instilling a love for reading at a young age leads to long term benefits and sets them up for success in school and in life!

Studies show that 3rd grade marks the transition from learning to read to reading to learn. Literacy rates at that age have also been shown to have an impact on socioeconomic outcomes later in life. In 2019, only 65% of Idaho 3rd graders from low-income families were reading at or above grade level as compared with 84% of their economically secure peers. 

This semester, our mission is more important than ever, with the effects of COVID-19 threatening to widen the gap between students who have access to reading materials in the home and those who do not. Our hope is that this fundraising campaign will put delightful, inspiring books in the hands of at-risk Boise children, giving young readers motivation to read and struggling parents a bit of much-needed hope, relief, and support through this holiday season.

With community partners such as the Idaho Food Bank, Title I elementary schools in the Boise School District, and Ada County organizations that provide assistance to families experiencing homelessness and displacement, we will use donations to purchase hand-selected books for children of our community in greatest need. 

If you’d like to stay up to date on our projects this semester, follow us on Instagram @booksineveryhome!

Every little bit helps, so we hope you’ll consider making a tax-deductible donation or sharing our campaign with other book lovers. Thank you for helping us put Books in Every Home!


Kacie, Stefanie, Marisa, and Dr. Tara Penry


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In middle-income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1; in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children.



On average, children growing up in homes with at least 20 books get three years more schooling than children from bookless homes, independent of their parents’ education, occupation, and class.



Recently, only 42.8% of economically disadvantaged Idaho schoolchildren, K-3rd grade, reached grade-level reading benchmarks.



61% of low-income families in the United States have no books at all in their homes for their children.



100% of kids who receive books this fall will experience the joy of owning a beautiful new book!


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