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Connect2 Books

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Connecting Kids with E-books.
Any Book, Any Kid, Any Time!

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Connect2 Books

  1. 1. Connect2Books Harnessing the power Of e-books to promote Youth Literacy
  2. 2. Trends in Literacy <ul><li>Less than one-third of 13 year olds are daily readers </li></ul>Any Book, Any Kid, Any Time (c) 2008, Connect2Books, www.connect2books.org
  3. 3. Income, Books & Literacy <ul><li>While the ratio of books to children in middle-income neighborhoods is approximately 13 books to 1 child, the ratio in low-income neighborhoods is 1 book to 300 children </li></ul>Any Book, Any Kid, Any Time (c) 2008, Connect2Books, www.connect2books.org
  4. 4. Books at Home and Test Scores <ul><li>Children in homes with fewer than ten books had test scores 20% - 50% lower than kids from homes with more than 100 books </li></ul>Any Book, Any Kid, Any Time (c) 2008, Connect2Books, www.connect2books.org
  5. 5. Youth Reading Trends <ul><li>Kids are reading less as they get older:  </li></ul><ul><li>54% of 9 year olds read daily, while only 22% of 17 year olds do </li></ul>Any Book, Any Kid, Any Time (c) 2008, Connect2Books, www.connect2books.org
  6. 6. Youth Reading Trends <ul><li>In 2007 only 35% of high school seniors read proficiently; this compares to 40% in 1992 </li></ul>Any Book, Any Kid, Any Time (c) 2008, Connect2Books, www.connect2books.org
  7. 7. The “Digital Divide” in America <ul><li>In 2007,among households with incomes under $25,000, almost half have no internet access. </li></ul><ul><li>This compares with only 5% for those with incomes over $75,000. </li></ul>Any Book, Any Kid, Any Time (c) 2008, Connect2Books, www.connect2books.org
  8. 8. Why the Kindle? <ul><li>Wireless access to thousands of books, Google & Wikipedia; </li></ul><ul><li>No internet required </li></ul>Any Book, Any Kid, Any Time (c) 2008, Connect2Books, www.connect2books.org
  9. 9. Free E-Book Sources <ul><li>Project Gutenberg </li></ul><ul><li>Manybooks.net </li></ul><ul><li>Freekindlebooks.org </li></ul><ul><li>Wowio </li></ul><ul><li>Fictionwise </li></ul><ul><li>Etc… </li></ul>Any Book, Any Kid, Any Time (c) 2008, Connect2Books, www.connect2books.org
  10. 10. Connected Kids <ul><li>Kids today are connected: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To the web, to each other (Wi-fi, iPods, cell phones) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They share music, photos, videos, IMs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why not books? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We need to make access to books as ubiquitous as music and other digital media </li></ul><ul><li>The Kindle makes this possible! </li></ul>Any Book, Any Kid, Any Time (c) 2008, Connect2Books, www.connect2books.org
  11. 11. Our Mission: <ul><li>To give every child who lacks ready access to books a digital library in the palm of their hands </li></ul><ul><li>To work toward growing the universe of free and open-source digital content that can help middle and high school students achieve their full potential </li></ul>Any Book, Any Kid, Any Time (c) 2008, Connect2Books, www.connect2books.org
  12. 12. How can you help? <ul><li>Sponsor a kid , a class or a whole grade with a set of Kindles </li></ul><ul><li>Create or obtain the digital rights to educational content that can be downloaded to the Kindle </li></ul><ul><li>Suggest kids or schools that could benefit from participation in the Kindles for Kids program </li></ul>Any Book, Any Kid, Any Time (c) 2008, Connect2Books, www.connect2books.org
  13. 13. For more information… <ul><li>Check out our blog: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.kindlesforkids.wordpress.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email: info@connect2books.org </li></ul></ul>Any Book, Any Kid, Any Time (c) 2008, Connect2Books, www.connect2books.org

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