We want to close the literacy opportunity gap that too often leaves children in communities of concentrated low income behind.
Many of us were lucky enough to grow up without worrying about finding our next book to read, and Page Ahead believes that feeling of security, inspiration, and opportunity should be available to every child.
Having access to books as a child is the foremost predictor of future academic advancement, even controlling for parental income and education level. Literacy can help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty, which affects families of color disproportionately. Books are some of the most important tools we have in the fight for economic equity and racial justice.
To further explore the intersection of children’s books and equity, check out We Need Diverse Books’ resources for race, equity, anti-racism, and inclusion.