Statistics on Literacy

In a study of literacy among 20 ‘high income’ countries; US ranked 12th

Illiteracy has become such a serious problem in our country that 44 million adults are unable to read a simple story to their children

  • 50% of adults cannot read a book written at an eighth grade level
  • 45 million are functionally illiterate and read below a 5th grade level
  • 44% of the American adults do not read a book in a year
  • 60% households do not buy a single book in a year