At Book Dash our work is big and bold, but it’s also supported by a significant body of research: Giving young children access to high-quality, relevant books to own is strongly associated with positive behavioural, educational, and socio-emotional outcomes. The closer to birth we start, the greater the benefit.
Global and local research indicate time and again that children who own books before school have a measurable headstart in key developmental areas, and that learning differences are cemented before children enter formal schooling. However, globally there remains a significant a gap between children who own books and those who don’t. Levels of book ownership are critically low, especially in impoverished communities and this links to low levels of literacy. The good news is that we can address this by getting books into children’s hands and homes!
The below report brings together the evidence, showing what impact early years book ownership can make to a child’s early development, trajectory and chances of success. It is intended for use by anyone interested in improving literacy, education, parenting and development outcomes.