Oceans of Facts
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  1. The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school. 
  2. The only behavior measure that correlates significantly with reading scores is the number of books in the home.
  3. Children who struggle in vain with reading in the first grade soon decide that they neither like nor want to read.
  4. Urging young people to read more when there is little available to read makes as much sense as urging starving people to eat, when no food is available.
  5. In middle-income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1, in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children.
  6. 61 percent of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children.
  7. More than $2 billion is spent each year on students who repeat a grade because they have reading problems.
  8. Perhaps the most serious problem with current literacy campaigns is that they ignore, and even divert attention from, the real problem: Lack of access to books for children of poverty.
  9. Out-of-school reading habits of students has shown that even 15 minutes a day of independent reading can expose students to more than a million words of text in a year.
  10. A single, brief exposure to good reading material can result in a clear increase in enthusiasm for reading.