Most horse lovers know the positive influence these animals can have on people. The non-profit, Saddle Up and Read is taking action to improve the literacy rates in America. Children of color are more likely to struggle due to lack of diverse characters in stories. This organization has created a library of books that feature Black equestrians.
With the use of equine activities, this group encourages youth to read. They hope to develop a love for reading amongst children.
“Two-thirds of kids in America who aren’t reading proficiently in fourth grade will end up on welfare or in jail.”
This statistic disproportionately affects children of color. One of the main reasons for this is the lack of diversity in book characters. Kids read more when they see themselves! Saddle Up and Read works with schools, libraries, youth groups, and Pre-K classrooms to provide books that appeal to a wide variety of children.
Check them out in action!
How amazing! The founder, Caitlin Gooch, sure is doing some great things with horses and books.
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