September is National Literacy Month!

Belatedly, but still in this month of September, I want to note that this is National Literacy Month.

National Literacy Month

Baker Book House posted this report on the urgency of promoting the skill of reading in our times, beginning in early childhood. And they promote a cause that deserves attention, plus some of their own great books that encourage a lifetime love of reading, including one I read and blogged about last year.

How to Raise a Reader

Read the stats and then commit to helping children – and adults – read more and read better. It’s a precious gift and skill!

Here is the beginning of BBH’s post – follow the link at the end to read the rest.

“With billboards along highways, information taped to doors, and social media so prevalent in today’s society, we take reading for granted. We assume that everyone can decipher the symbols that make up our alphabet and the words we use, and that all it takes to be understood without speaking is a scribbled word on a notepad.

“But the truth of the matter is, illiteracy has not been eradicated just yet.
Here are the facts:

  • One in five U.S. adults (21%) have low literacy skills, translating to about 43 million adults.
    • This 21% of US adults reads below the 5th grade level.
  • 32 million adults cannot read in the United States, equal to 14% of the population.
  • 19% of high school graduates cannot read.
  • 85% of juveniles who interact with the juvenile court system are considered functionally illiterate.
  • 70% of inmates in America’s prisons cannot read above the fourth-grade level.

“Illiteracy is not just confined to the borders of the United States. Worldwide, 774 million individuals cannot read. 66% of this group of illiterates are female.

“Recent statistics show that 2/3 of students that are unable to read proficiently by the end of the 4th grade will end up in jail or welfare. These individuals will also suffer a 78% chance of not catching up. 1 in 4 children grow up not knowing how to read.

Source: September is National Literacy Month!

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