Imagine a world where you couldn’t read the signs as you drove passed them on the street. A world where you couldn’t read the menu at your favorite restaurant. A world where you couldn’t read or send a simple text message to your friends and family. This is the type of world that we, as educators, are responsible for ensuring doesn’t happen for our students. We are the main resource for our students to be able to successfully decode and comprehend the material that we put in front of them. The statistics in this video are semi mind blowing to me. In a low-income area, there is 1 book for every 300 kiddos vs. 13 books (or more) PER CHILD in a high-income household. This reminded me of a project that some of the extension teachers put on at our school this past spring. All children that were in the intervention program were able to go “book shopping” before summer and take about 10 books home with them. There were everything from used books, donated books to brand new books bought for the kiddos. The smiles on their faces when they came back into my classroom with their bag full of books was incredible. It is our job as teachers to ensure that ALL students have books in their hands as often as possible. I was in another elementary school recently as well and I saw a “Take a Book, Leave a Book” book shelf! I am going to bring this idea to my school librarian and see if we can get something like this started in the library or in our school’s welcome center! What an awesome way to spread the love of literacy!