Bookelicious feeds kids’ passion for reading. Our professionally curated collection of great books, plus our AI-driven, behavior-based recommendation engine, make it easy for kids to find books they love. It’s like a personal librarian in your pocket!
Two thirds of fourth graders in the United States read below grade level;i for children living in poverty, that number jumps to 80%.ii Students who cannot read at a modestly skilled level by 4th grade are much less likely to graduate from high school.iii They will face significantly higher rates of poverty, unemployment and homelessness, and a much greater likelihood of incarceration, than their peers,iv while costing our society approximately $300,000 in lost earnings, taxes, and productivity.v Moreover, struggling readers are more likely to avoid reading, thereby losing opportunities to develop crucial skills like critical thinking and empathy.
The 12 Million Word Divide
More time reading books increases vocabulary, fluency and comprehension.vi A student who reads more than 30 minutes a day from kindergarten through high school will have read 250 times as many words as a student who reads less than 15 minutes a day: a 12-million-word divide that yields ~12,000 additional vocabulary words.vii But children won’t read unless motivated to do so.
Motivating Children to Read
At Bookelicious, our core competency is matching readers with books they truly want to read. Decades of research have identified three key levers of reading motivation: high-interest books, well-suited to a child’s reading skill, and personally chosen by the reader from a wide selection of relevant titles. We integrate these levers with the expert knowledge of educators and reviewers, an artificial intelligence-driven, behavior-based recommendation engine, and a fun, highly personalized online experience to promote successful, engaged reading.