New RIF research shows access to print materials
"Improves children's reading performance. Studies suggest that providing children with print materials helps children read better. Among the studies reviewed, kindergarten students showed the biggest increase in reading performance.
Are instrumental in helping children learn the basics of reading. Providing children with reading materials allowed them to develop basic reading skills such as letter and word identification, phonemic awareness, and completion of sentences.
Causes children to read more and for longer lengths of time. Giving children print materials led to more shared reading between parents and children. Children who received books also read more frequently and for longer periods of time.
Produces improved attitudes toward reading and learning among children. Children with greater access to books and other print materials-whether through borrowing books or through receiving books to own-expressed more enjoyment of books, reading, and academics. "
From RIF press release http://www.rif.org/us/about/press/%20new-research-shows-access-to-print-materials-improves-childrens-reading.htm