Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Power of Books

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderlane/3089163372/ by Wonderlane

Those of us who love books feel most comfortable when surrounded by them. I did not feel at home in my new home until my books were unpacked and on shelves. Opening the packing boxes was like liberating dear friends.

Now a new report links being surrounded by books to a child's educational attainment. The child doesn't even have to read them! The study says that simply having books in one's home will improve children's education level--by as much as 2 years! More important than a father's educational level, parental politics, or socioeconomic background, filling the home with books makes a dramatic difference.

We did have books in our home as I grew up--and magazines and newspapers, too. What a privilege! How about you?

Read more details on the report here. Then run out to your nearest library or bookstore and stock up!

(It doesn't hurt to read them, either!)


  1. Great post, Jane! I love books and seem to gravitate toward hard cover. I am not, nor do I think I could ever be, a Kindle person. I love the feel of a real books. Now, I just have to find the time to catch up and make a dent in my to-read pile (more like a basket at this point!). Love the idea of having books around helping kids. It certainly is a privilege!


  2. Thanks for your comment, Karin. So many books, so little time! Nice to know there's benefit even if we don't find time to read them!

  3. We {heart} books! Great post, Jane! Books make the best gifts to children and adults, and to libraries in honor or in memory of others. I need to find a good shelf maker to get more of my books visible. :) I think I could live in a "book house." Couldn't you?

  4. If there were a greenhouse added on, yes! :)