In Washington, DC 37 percent of adults are functionally illiterate, making reading with a child intimidating or stressful, rather than a positive learning experience. EnjoyReading believes, by matching students up with a book they want to read, and can read independently, students will rush home with excitement to share the reading experience by reading to their families. As anyone who has read to a young child knows, there is an undefinable energy that occurs when a young child curls up to enjoy reading with you, forging a strong connection between parent and child, grandparents and child, or siblings. EnjoyReading's book sharing program allows for the frequency of these events and hopes parents will become more confident in the shared reading experience and use the book room to select read alouds themselves. We made an info-graphic to show exactly how book sharing is effective at creating (and sustaining) this new cycle, as it provides access to at least one book each week
When we reach our goal of adding 2,000 books each year to a book room students and families will have a vast selection of high interest text from which to peruse the shelves,work with book room managers, or get recommendations from friends to find books they will EnjoyReading!