Every child needs a book. Children who are read to more frequently at age 4-5 achieve higher test scores for both reading and numeracy by third grade. These differences in reading and cognitive skills are not related to the child’s family background or home environment but are the direct result of how frequently they have been read to prior to starting school. The most successful way to improve the reading achievement of children is to increase access to books. At United Way of Northern Utah, we encourage families to read to their preschool children and provide a way for families to build their children’s library by giving them books. In 2019, over 6,000 books were collected and distributed throughout the community.