Author Debbie Glade has launched the Lilly Badilly Literacy Project, an IndieGoGo crowdsourcing campaign that aims to give 3,000 copies of her children's book to students from low-income families, who can't afford to buy books. She notes, "I often hear from teachers, librarians and parents that a reluctant reader really enjoyed my book, especially because that reader could listen to the entertaining and sometimes hilarious CD. I recently got an email from the dad of a 4-year old girl. He told me his daughter checked my book out of the public library 5 times because she loves the CD! This is big news, because a person's reading comprehension level is the greatest indicator of his or her financial success as an adult. I can embrace this age of e-readers and apps. But there's nothing that can replace a child's experience of holding a book in his or her hands and turning the pages. Many of the kids I visit do not even have computers at home, never mind handheld readers.
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