Books for Baton Rouge
Books for Baton Rouge is a non profit organization based in Baton Rouge, LA and created by Baton Rouge Moms. Our mission is to promote literacy and life-long learning by distributing donated new and used books to organizations serving disadvantaged children and teens in the Baton Rouge area.
Learning to read is critical to a child’s success – both in school and in life. Literacy is one of the best predictors of a child’s future success. In some of the lowest-income neighborhoods in the country there is only one book available for every 300 children.
10 Literacy Facts:
- Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. Over 70 percent of America’s inmates cannot read above a 4th grade level.
- 1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read.
- 61 percent of low-income families have no age appropriate books in their homes for their children.
- As of 2011, America was the only free-market OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) country where the current generation was less well educated than the previous.
- Literacy is a learned skill. Illiteracy is passed down from parents who can neither read nor write.
- Nearly 85 percent of the juveniles who face trial in the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate, proving that there is a close relationship between illiteracy and crime. More than 60 percent of all inmates are functionally illiterate
- 75 percent of Americans who receive food stamps perform at the lowest 2 levels of literacy, and 90 percent of high school dropouts are on welfare.
- Teenage girls ages 16 to 19 who live at or below the poverty level and have below average literacy skills are 6 times more likely to have children out of wedlock than the girls their age who can read proficiently.
- Some 42 percent of American children — more than 31 million — grow up in families that lack the income to cover basic needs like rent, child care, food and transportation.
- Reports show that low literacy directly costs the healthcare industry over $70 million every year