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Why is childhood literacy a huge sign of how well children will do as an adult?

Access to books as a child can play a role in later success.

Why is childhood literacy a huge sign of how well children will do as an adult?

When it comes to kids and reading, the problem is actually pretty bad.

One study found in poorer neighborhoods there is only one age-appropriate book for every 300 kids. 

That means there are a lot of homes that have absolutely no books. And researchers found that the biggest predictor that a child would succeed was not race, income, gender, parent's education or location. But the mere presence of books in the home.

Experts believe the ability to read is so integral to everything we have to do as adults, that not being able to read can have some shocking results.

RELATED: Join us for our Turn the Page Book Drive

Eight-five percent of kids who come into contact with the juvenile justice system are functionally illiterate.

Seventy percent of inmates in America's prisons cannot read above a fourth grade level.

A real sign that learning to read and having access to books are the building blocks to a better future.

KHOU 11 Turn the Page Book Drive

Help us get books into the hands of Houston-area children. You can make a cash donation by going to KHOU.com/Books, or you can drop books off at any of these locations.

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