Why You Should Build Your Home Library

Our new communications manager, Enni Aigbomian, remembers the start of her love for reading. It all began with the home library her father built when she was about five years old. The library was filled with, what seemed like, countless hardcover books filled with colorful and fantastical illustrations of the particular fairy tale each book depicted.

“I would sneak up to the library whenever I wanted to get lost in my imagination…there were so many books about princesses. I’d pick the one [book] that matched whichever princess I felt like I was that day. Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella…” Enni remembered.

Having a home library is one of the most important predictors of a child’s grade-level reading performance. Growing up in a household with books can lead to as much as three more years of education. This is the difference between completing two years of college and getting a four-year degree.

How can I afford to build a home library?

Start small. Having as little as 10 books in your home can positively impact your child’s grade-reading level.

Tips to start your home library today:

  1. Buy used books. Look through your local thrift store’s selection of books and allow your child to pick books that catch their eye.
  2. Buy new books when you buy new clothes.
  3. Trade. Set up a book swap with local parents in your neighborhood. You can work with your neighborhood Reading Captain to set this up.
  4. Find local organizations. Connect with Read by 4th campaign partners like Tree House Books and Books in Homes to find out how you can get books for your home library.

Having a home library is really helpful for children’s grade-level reading and future education attainment. Parents, we do not have to be top scholars to raise children that are great readers.

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