But hang on because the Soar with Reading folks have decided to do something about these awful numbers. The group has placed three of their free books vending machines in the neighborhood, machines that allow kids to punch a few buttons and walk away with as many free books as they want.
'Cause here's the thing: You can't read without having something to read! And giving kids' access to books is the first step to opening up their minds to the possibilities of reading.It surely can't hurt.
The machines and 100,000 children's books, by the way, were donated to the program by Jet Blue airline.