Since the early 1990s, the number of African-American 4th graders with basic reading skills has doubled. But an alarming 60 percent of black 4th graders still cannot read at grade level. The National Black Child Development Institute recently launched a literacy campaign with the book Love To Read: Essays in Developing and Enhancing Early Literacy Skills of African American Children. One of the book's contributors, Harvard Graduate School of Education professor Catherine Snow, joins NPR's Tavis Smiley to discuss the literacy challenges for young African Americans.
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