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A Publisher Involved in Childhood Literacy Efforts
Did you know?
For each book you purchase on our online bookstore,
https://www.goread.com/store we match your purchase by providing a book to a child to promote literacy.
Shockingly, even in our prosperous society, we have an illiteracy crisis:
· 14% of Americans are considered illiterate.
· 36% of people worldwide can't read at an 8th grade level in their native language.
· 85% of people who commit criminal offenses in the United States are considered to be illiterate.
· Over 19% of all high school graduates in the United States cannot read.
· There is a direct link between literacy, crime, poverty, and divorce.
· And.. these statistics have not changed in the past 10 years!
Note: This publisher offers my books for sale. That's why I'm aware of the effort. I am not pushing sales of my books. (Although that would be nice.) Purchase of any book on the site will be matched by a giveaway of a free book to a child. 5426 books have been given away to date,
What a wonderful endeavor. Those statistics are shocking, how can it be in a country with a compulsory education system that children are unable to read? Yet, it is true.
We used to train future Marines in our gym, these were high school students who had committed to entering the Corps on graduation provided they passed the physical and written entry tests. While all of these young men and women could read, in many cases it was well below the high school and often middle school level. They appealed to us for tutoring in reading, which we were happy to give, but we had to question why their schools were merely passing them along.
Kait, it is disheartening.
I'm not really surprised at the numbers. When I started writing, I tried to write on the eighth grade level because I was told it was the level of most of our population. Elizabeth George writes on a 12th grade level. She's considered erudite.
It's a wonderful endeavor, Warren. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.
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