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"Regardless of how many books the family already has, each addition to the home library helps children do better" in school, the study says. "Each additional book has a greater impact on the performance of someone who had only a small home library than it does on the performance of someone from a home overflowing with books."
With this in mind, a new program is looking to make books more accessible to children and their families than ever before.
More than $250 million worth of e-books are soon going to be available to kids in need — for free.
And these aren't just any titles. A handful of major publishers have signed on to the program, so these are thousands of popular, award-winning books handpicked by the Digital Public Library of America's Curation Corps.
It's part of President Obama's ConnectED initiative to bring broadband Internet and educational materials to kids around the country. The New York Public Library agreed to take on the task of creating a special e-reader for this new program.
It's called Open eBooks (a non-governmental program), and it's going to make a big difference in the lives of children and families who can't afford to stock their shelves with lots of books.