“I would be the most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people

who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.”

Anna Quindlen

A child from a family that has a large personal home library (500 books) is 19 percentage points more likely to finish college than a child growing up without a home library. A recent University of Nevada study that appeared in the journal Research in Social Stratification and Mobility states that children achieve an average of 3.2 additional years of education if they grow up with an extensive home library (Evans et al, 2010)1.  A home library has the greatest impact on children from the least-educated families.

This module consists of four sections:

  • The importance of children’s home libraries
  • Early Literacy Programs
  • Low cost book sources
  • Lessons We’ve Learned


1Evans M.Evans etal., 2010)D.R., Kelley J., Sikora J., Treiman D.J.

Family scholarly culture and educational success: Books and schooling in 27 nations

(2010) Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 28 (2), pp. 171-197.