Providing Access to First Books

National testing regularly shows a vast education gap between Hispanic and white students. Reading scores are consistently lower for Hispanics – nearly half at the 4th grade level are testing “below basic” on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Our Response

Hispanic Access Foundation teams up with First Book, a national nonprofit organization that connects book publishers and community organizations to provide access to new books for children in need. Price is the top barrier to book ownership, so HAF helps coordinate the distribution of books to Latino churches throughout the country. Through various books we’re not only able to support the growth in reading, but also to increase the knowledge of Hispanic families in financial education, immigration and the environment.

Making a Difference

Since 2011, we’ve helped connect dozens of Hispanic churches with First Book to distribute tens of thousands of books to children throughout the states in which HAF works. The result being Hispanic kids building their libraries with Spanish and English language, quality children’s literature. Building these libraries and encouraging early reading will help stem the tide of illiteracy – helping to close the education gap.