From We Act Radio's Education Town Hall: Washington has been declared the "most literate" city in the U.S. since 2010. Meanwhile, DC also has areas with illiteracy rates close to 50%, and a "book desert" where 830 children would need to share one age-appropriate book for sale. Hear from Dr. John W. Miller, author of … Continue reading Most Literate, Most Challenged
Book deserts "may seriously constrain young children’s opportunities to come to school ready to learn," says professor Susan B. Neuman, lead author of a study which included several neighborhoods in the District. [(USC Emeritus Professor) Steven] Kashen reports that book access and poverty are related but separate. On the one hand, “Children who live … Continue reading Book Deserts and Their Effects
From "Activists are trying to open a DC bookstore in honor of a slain journalist," Washington Post 7/14/17: [Charnice] Milton’s parents said the bookstore’s social justice component would make it an ideal tribute to their daughter. Milton’s mother, Francine Milton, recalled her daughter reading 99 books in a single summer while in elementary school. She … Continue reading “She Was a Conqueror”
Support renovations and initial costs for the Charnice Milton Community Bookstore. Through the DC-based nonprofit, Social Art And Culture (SAAC), all donations are tax-deductible. Thank you for supporting this important community project. Look for an important announcement about CMCB in May. Donate books you love every Wednesday 5-8pm at 1918 MLK Ave SE WDC 20020 … Continue reading Tax Deductible Donations
"Children who live in poverty have fewer books in their home, sometimes none. Fewer books in their neighborhood, fewer bookstores. They go to schools with inferior classroom libraries, school libraries, etc. You can have the best teaching in the world, and it's not going to help when children are hungry, undernourished, ill, and have nothing … Continue reading Nothing to Read on Their Own
Some of those joining together for community bookstore launch event: Courtney Davis (L), teacher and author of A is for Anacostia; Thomas Byrd, Education Town Hall Radio Host; fellow Ballou SHS alum, musician Sugar Bear; We Act Radio co-founder, Kymone Freeman. Front right: radio host LJM, who organized much of the event.
Here, for those interested, is the full Family and Community Engagement (FACE) 2013 Compendium of Research (Compendium PDF), including the "Access to Books" section shared in "Picture Books and Their Consequences."