BENEFITING: BOSTON LOCAL DEVELOPMENT CORP
ReadBoston's Storymobile is a one-of-a kind summer program that brings a diverse group of professional storytellers and new books to low-income children, ages 3-10, in every Boston neighborhood. Audiences are treated to an interactive storytelling experience and every child chooses a new, age-appropriate book to take home. During our 2016 summer program, the Storymobile gave Boston’s children 25,000 new books to take home! And over our 22 year history, over 700,000 new books have been distributed to children living in Boston’s low-income communities!
Providing free, high-quality literacy programming and access to new books during the summer is critical because this is a time when children often reverse progress in their reading development. This is especially true for low-income children who have limited access to age-appropriate reading materials and are less likely to read than their middle or high-income peers. Studies show that children in low-income communities own an average of 1 book per 300 children while children in middle-class communities average 13 books per 1 child .
Founded in 1995, ReadBoston is the City of Boston's only comprehensive early literacy program, reaching Boston’s children at all points in their day, all year long. Our non-profit provides schools, childcare programs, community-based organizations, and families in low-income and new-immigrant communities with the resources they need to set Boston’s children on the path to reading success.