HOUSTON — If children do not read on-level by the end of Grade 3, they only have a 1 in 8 chance of ever catching up and are four times more likely to drop out of school.
Sixty-one percent of low-income families have no books in their home. Research has shown that children growing up in homes without books, where books are considered a luxury, are less likely to complete a basic education than their peers who do have books available at home.
You can help us “Turn The Page” on Houston’s literacy crisis. KHOU 11 is partnering with Houston based non-profit Books Between Kids to address a desperate need in our community, the need for children to have access to books outside of school.
In 2019, you helped us collect over 23,000 books for Houston-area children. With your help, our goal is to collect more than 25,000 books this year! This initiative is sponsored by Food Town and Elizabeth Cole Design and Decor.
How to Donate
For every $2 donated, Books Between Kids is able to purchase one book for a child’s at-home library. Beginning April 12 to April 30, you can help in the following ways:
On Thursday, April 29th, from noon to 7 p.m., we will host a virtual telethon to help us reach our 25,000 book goal. You can donate by calling 713-654-1111 on the day of our telethon.
Facebook Live Book Readings
Grab your kiddos and join us every weeknight (April 12- April 30) at 7:30 p.m. on the KHOU 11 Facebook page for a LIVE bedtime story!
A KHOU11 anchor, Houston community leader or local celebrity will take your children on a magical adventure by reading a different book each night.
Thank you for helping us “Turn The Page” on illiteracy!