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Denver CO | IRS ruling year: 2006 | EIN: 20-4124164
Book Trust's mission is to engage every child in book choice and ownership, cultivating literacy-rich communities. Our vision is that every child, especially children from underserved communities, has access to books and discovers the joy and power of reading. Book Trust acts as an equity game changer, ensuring that access to books and the agency to choose books of interest is provided to those who need it the most.
Book access is the single biggest barrier to literacy and in low-income areas the ratio of books-to-children is 1 book to 300 kids, compared to an average of 13 books for every child from a middle-income background. Research shows that 75% of children who are not proficient readers by the end of third grade are four times less likely to graduate high school. However, books alone are not enough. Studies confirm a longstanding belief guiding Book Trust's program: ownership and choice matter - and are more motivating to students than access alone.