Books, books and more books

My husband spent the morning today while I was at work taking books off one of our many bookshelves so he can replace the windows in the office/guest room.  It took him all morning.

So I was especially interested to see a post by Linda Perlstein talking about a report in the Chronicle about a study that says, basically,

Children growing up in homes with many books get 3 years more schooling than children from bookless homes, independent of their parents’ education, occupation, and class.

My husband said that our children should be good for several more degrees apiece!

Perlstein’s response was similar to my husband’s.  She said:

Yay, Milo will be in school forever! But do library books count? And what about our twelve boxes of books in storage?

I have always known that books and the habit of reading are important, but it was good to get “scientific proof”.   One important note is that the study did not just look at the US but rather at 27 different countries over the last 20 years.

Now, the question is, how can we get more books into homes?  And will it have a positive impact even if the books are there but are never read?

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