About the Jax Kids Book Club

boy-readingThe JaxKids Book Club is a free early literacy summer reading program managed by the Jacksonville Children’s Commission and privately funded by local, civic-minded corporations and organizations who value the importance of early literacy and education for our children.

Goals of the JaxKids Book Club include:

  • Introducing high-quality books into the homes of children preparing to enter kindergarten
  • Encouraging learning over summer break to help prevent summer learning loss
  • Providing parents with practical tools to instill literacy as a core value
  • Increasing family awareness of the importance of reading with children every day
  • Providing family engagement events that include interactive and fun ways for parents and children to learn and bond together

Since its inception in 2004, the JaxKids Book Club has provided 1,093,596 free books to more than 95,000 4–year-olds throughout the city. As a national model, 19 states and 40 municipalities have consulted with Jacksonville officials to create similar programs that promote early literacy.

Why It’s Important

  • Early literacy skills are crucial for future academic success, yet many children do not have books at home.
  • Access to books improves reading performance and improves children’s attitudes toward reading and learning.
  • Shared reading is the single most powerful way to build a child’s vocabulary and understanding of a topic, as well as promoting greater success reading independently.
  • Reading problems are heavily associated with poverty, dependence and crime.
    • Students who can’t read by 3rd grade are four times more likely than their peers to drop out of high school.
    • Two-thirds of children who can’t read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare.
    • 80% of juveniles in detention centers are illiterate.
    • 70% of prison inmates can’t read above a 4th grade level.
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