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We give books to kids in need.

Children find heroes and inspiration in their favorite stories. Through the joy of reading, books help young girls and boys unlock their imaginations and reach their full potential.

But 16 million children living in poverty in the United States currently lack access to new, high-quality books. In fact, only one in three has books in his or her home. That's more than 10 million children who don't have books to call their own.

Millions of children need books. Millions of children need RIF.

Two thirds of children have no books65 percent of 4th graders 8000 high school students drop out

SINCE 1966, RIF HAS DISTRIBUTED MORE THAN 412 MILLION BOOKS TO MORE THAN 40 MILLION CHILDREN NATIONWIDE, IMPROVING THEIR OPPORTUNITY TO READ, LEARN, AND GROW.

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The Gift of Reading

The New York Times

Nov. 25, 2015 - The list of what a child needs in order to flourish is short but nonnegotiable. Food. Shelter. Play. Love. Something else, too, and it’s meted out in even less equal...

Access to Books Is Critical to Ending Illiteracy

USA Today

Dec. 4, 2015 - Books are essential building blocks of literacy and learning, and two-thirds of our nation’s...

#GivingTuesday and Billions of Free Books

GeekDad.com

Dec. 1, 2015 - #GivingTuesday is the first Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday and gets us back to the point of...

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