Link to Kathy Walsh Nufer's September 29 column in the Appleton Post-Crescent, "First Book puts kids on right reading track".
Excerpt: According to research cited by the national First Book organization:
•The ratio of books per child in middle-income neighborhoods is 13 to 1, while there is only one age-appropriate book for every 300 children in low-income neighborhoods.
•80 percent of preschool and after-school programs serving low-income populations have no age-appropriate books for their children.
•The most successful way to improve reading achievement of low-income children is to increase their access to print. Communities ranking high in achievement tests have several factors in common: an abundance of books in public libraries, easy access to books in the community at large and a large number of textbooks per student.