- Keeping just 20 books in the home can boost children’s chances of doing well at school
- Regular access to books has a direct impact on pupils’ results, irrespective of parents’ own education, occupation and social class
- Children coming from a “bookish home” remained in education for around three years longer than young people born into families with empty bookshelves.
- Preliminary findings suggested that history and science texts had the greatest benefit.
The results of this study indicate that getting some books into their homes is an inexpensive way that we can help these children succeed. Even a little bit goes a long way.One wonders of course whether the presence of an e-book reader in the home would achieve as much?