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Our Mission

The mission of Northwest Literacy Foundation is to enhance youth literacy in the Puget Sound region of the Pacific Northwest by providing literature and resources to underserved communities.

Literacy facts

  • In one typical high-poverty school in Seattle where over 80% of students are on free-and-reduced lunch, an average book in that school’s library is 24 years old (Seattle Times)
  • Kids who don’t read proficiently by 4th grade are 4 times likelier to drop out of school.  (Source:
  • Children in families with incomes below the poverty line are less likely to be read to aloud everyday than are children in families with incomes at or above poverty. (Source: National Education Association)
  • The more types of reading materials there are in the home, the higher students are in reading proficiency. (Source: Educational Testing Service)
  • 1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read. (Source:
  • The national spending, per pupil, on school library books, is $10 a year (Source: School Library Journal)
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