Oh, the places you go when you read a book! When was the last time you dived into a good story with your child? Chances are it was just last night! There is nothing like a good book that whisks you away on far off adventures. Books let you experience different, imaginary worlds, but they also open doors for new experiences in the real world.
Reading books aids in comprehension, language skills, and mental stimulation. Regularly reading exercises your brain and improves neural connectivity. It’s so important for children to have access to books, so as their young brains grow they are continually building new, stronger connections. Studies have shown that reading also improves emotional intelligence!
While many children have an abundance of books in their homes, some children do not have the same luxury. According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, there are approximately 2.5 million children who are homeless in America; that’s roughly one in thirty children in the United States. Many cities have children’s homeless shelters, or family homeless shelters, that are able to provide children with life essentials. However, items such as books are not high priority donation items or considered essential items. We believe every child deserves a good book to read!
As previously mentioned, books are an important part of every child’s life. For homeless children, they also provide comfort and a way to escape from the hardship they experience on a day to day basis. Most importantly, when you give a book to a child without a home, you give them something to keep and own.
This April, our campaign aims to provide books for children in homeless shelters! We encourage you to check out our April Campaign to see how you can help!