Why We Matter

BEGIN WITH BOOKS introduces infants and toddlers to the very concept of reading, unlocking vast potential through the discovery that books exist, that books contain knowledge, and that books can be accessed by anyone.

Recognizing that thousands of babies in Charleston County live in homes without books or a family tradition of literacy, BEGIN WITH BOOKS initiates an interest in reading, the essential first step in learning to read.

That interest is sparked through the free, monthly home delivery of books to participating families, enabling parents and caregivers to engage their youngest children with reading.

Access to books and an early awareness of their value is proven to accelerate literacy and to speed the transition from learning-to-read to reading-to-learn, a pivotal factor in life-long opportunity and success.