Having books in a home has a significant impact on the education level children will achieve, even where their parents have only a minimal education, according to a 20 year study led by Mariah Evans of the University of Nevada, Reno.
According to a report in Science Daily, Professor Evans noted, "Even a little bit goes a long way," in terms of the number of books in a home. Having as few as 20 books in the home still has a significant impact on propelling a child to a higher level of education, and the more books you add, the greater the benefit..."You get a lot of 'bang for your book'," she said. "It's quite a good return-on-investment in a time of scarce resources."
What this will all mean in the age of the Kindle and other electronic readers remains to be seen. But in the meantime, we are pleased to see our belief in the importance of books in the lives of children to be validated by scientific study.