A book in every home, and then some —

We read A Book in Every Home, and Then Some (an article by the consistently amazing David Bornstein of the NY Times) last week (May 16). But we felt its content so  important to publishers, consumers, and educators, we just had to mention it here again to make sure  that you had a chance to read it.  A follow-up piece, Publishers as Partners in Literacy, was run on May 20 (that Friday) and we encourage you to read that as well.  However, if you read nothing else, please read the footnote which we are publishing here.

The following content falls under the copyright of the NY Times!

Excerpted from: A Book in Every Home, and Then Some

By DAVID BORNSTEIN

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FOOTNOTE:

[1]study of close to 3,000 children in Germany found that the number of books in the home strongly predicted reading achievement — even after controlling for the parents’ education levels and income. And a massive, longitudinal study examining the educational attainment of 70,000 students from 27 countries found, surprisingly, that having lots of books in the home was as good a predictor of children’s educational attainment as parents’ education levels. In fact, access to books was more predictive than the father’s occupation or the family’s standard of living. The greatest impact of book access was seen among the least educated and poorest families.

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