Books from Birth:
because early access to books can pave a path out of poverty
Research shows that giving books to families boosts children's literacy. And also that books make the biggest impact when they come with parent reading tips - and when they come from a trusted healthcare provider (de Bondt et al 2020).
Books from Birth partners with six clinics around the Brazos Valley to hand out packs of three high-quality, age-appropriate books, plus parent reading tips, to children at their newborn and annual well visits until age five.
Students lose, on average, 20 - 40% of their reading gains from the year over the two-month summer break. But research shows that allowing students to choose books to take home over summer can prevent that loss - and even lead to reading gains.
Books from Birth provides Title I primary schools in Hearne, Calvert, and Mumford, Texas, with a selection of high-interest books, allowing students to each pick three books to take home in May.
There’s a saying that at the holidays every child should be gifted something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read.
Each year the Brazos County Salvation Army makes sure the impoverished children of Bryan and College Station receive the first three. And Books from Birth partners with them to make sure every child also receives a book - and a boost on their path to literacy.