KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Family Conservancy is teaming up with child care centers throughout the metro to make books more available to kids, and coincides with September being "Literacy Month".
It's called "Fill the Shelves" and the Family Conservancy is asking people to donate new and gently used books.
The books will be added to the shelves of lending libraries and day cares and preschools across the metro.
Studies show the number of books in a child's home can predict their later reading achievement and studies also show that age-appropriate books are not readily available in low-income homes compared to middle-income.
Catching kids during their first five-years is important because that's when 90-percent of brain development occurs.