BOOK stands for Books Open to Our Kids, and our goal at BOOK is to promote emergent literacy for very young children and also to help parents understand the importance of reading to their children.
Recent research indicates that reading to very young children is very important because it helps children’s brain development. Dr. Lesley Morrow of Rutgers University, among others, has shown that literacy learning begins in infancy, and parents and caregivers need to provide a rich literacy environment to help children acquire emergent literacy skills.
Whether they are from upper or lower–income families, there is no dif
ference when you compare the love that parents have for their children. But, researchers have found that “…the ratio of books to children in middle-income neighborhoods is approximately 13 books to 1 child, and the ratio in low-income neighborhoods is 1 book to 300 children” (Neuman and Dickinson 2006).
At BOOK, we provide new books to local medical clinics to give out to low-income families. Volunteers from our community then go into the clinics to read to the children as they are waiting for their appointments.
Want to be a BOOK Reader? Call Lucia Acevedo at
(505) 304-8069 or e-mail