UP with Books is a reading and literacy campaign for children with mothers in prison.
WHAT WE DO
UP with Books purchases, ships, and donates new children’s books to interested prisons, then facilitates a reading day to help incarcerated mothers stay connected and involved with their children on visiting day. The child then takes the book home. UP also leaves high-quality, diverse children’s books for ages 0-18 in the prison visiting room.
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- We believe literacy is a social and revolutionary action for change.
- Literacy increases by 46% when children own books.
- Grades at school improve, which increases self-respect and confidence in children.
- The highest rate of vocabulary development occurs during pre-school years, and it’s a critical time for skill building.
- Early education and reading are critical in closing the gap in learning for low-income students. This gap impacts children of incarcerated parents, most of whom are low income.
- Literacy and education are preventative measures on the road to reducing incarceration.