A book in the hands of a child can change the world.
- In 2000, 114,000 children (9%) lived in poverty in Minnesota; by 2010 that number rose to 192,000 (15.2%), a 62% increase.*
- 81,400 children in 2010 lived in deep poverty, which research finds particularly stressful for children’s development.*
- Nationally, the increase in children living in poverty over the past decade is similarly grim. Nearly one million more U.S. children lived in poverty in 2010 raising the total to 16.4 million.*
To deliver books, primarily culturally-relevant, to children and classrooms in under-served communities and create an environment in which those children have the tools to become lifelong learners.
We desire to get quality books in the hands of every Minnesota child whose family and community lack the resources to provide those, and to furnish teachers with accompanying curriculum based worksheets and materials to reinforce the information and learning in the books.
*Figures provided by The Children’s Defense Fund of Minnesota