I thought this was really interesting because I think all children should have the opportunity to escape into the worlds of books and develop their imaginations. Those with incarcerated parents definitely need that, I believe.
Help Incarcerated Parents Connect with their Children through the Power of Books:
The number of kids with incarcerated parents has increased nearly 80% in the last 20 years, according to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. More than 2.7 million children have a parent who is incarcerated, and parents of another 10 million children have been incarcerated at some point. The experience can be profoundly difficult for children, increasing their risk of living in poverty and housing instability, as well as causing emotional trauma, pain, and social stigma.http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/article/reading-inside
But, through programs like the Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa Storybook Project, some of that stress melt away when kids are able to visit their parent and read a special book together. Through an audio-tape reading program wherein imprisoned parents read books to their children on tape, family bonds are strengthened and literacy skills improve as parents encourage their children…
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