The literacy statistics in the United States are astounding. These statistics taken from The Literacy Project Foundation show the strong need to improve reading and writing skills in the US:
- In a study of literacy among 20 ‘high income’ countries; US ranked 12th
- Illiteracy has become such a serious problem in our country that 44 million adults are now
unable to read a simple story to their children
- 50% of adults cannot read a book written at an eighth grade level
- 45 million are functionally illiterate and read below a 5th grade level
- 44% of the American adults do not read a book in a year
6 out of 10 households do not buy a single book in a year
These statistics are disheartening, but there is a way to turn this around. What has happened in our society that parents are incapable of reading a book to their children? At Three Janes, we want to do all we can to make sure children are being taught and encouraged along the way. Help us find a way to improve literacy in children. We think it begins with a simple book.
A child’s reading skills are the key to their success in school and their future. Reading is a fun and imaginative way for children to explore. This allows them to visit worlds they have never imagined and to open new doors that would have otherwise remain closed. Reading can offer the necessary tools needed for a successful future. "Reading aloud to young children, particularly in an engaging manner, promotes emerging literacy and language development and supports the relationship between child and parent," concludes a review in Archives of Disease in Childhood.
There is nothing like an old-fashioned book. Put the screens down at night and pick up a book before bed. As Dr. Seuss once wrote, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
With every item purchased at Three Janes, one book will be donated to a child. Three Janes is a company focused on improving literacy in children by sharing our love of reading. When you wear our products, you have made a difference in a child’s life.