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“In middle income neighborhoods, the ratio of books per child is 13-1, but in low income neighborhoods the ratio is 1 book to every 300 children”

(Neuman, Susan B. and David K. Dickinson, ed. Handbook of Early Literacy Research, Volume 2. New York, NY: 2006, p. 31.

It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way…

This summer, for one week (July 15th-19th), will you commit to:

  1. READ once a day to your child, niece/nephew, or grandchild.

  2. POST your reading time on social media using #FlipTheRatio.

  3. DONATE a NEW children's book.

    • We desire to give our students the very best, which is why we are requesting new books!

Together, we can literally flip the ratio and provide age appropriate books for students in the Garnet & Maple neighborhoods! Please visit to learn more about the Garnet & Maple neighborhoods.

How Do I Commit to the challenge?

  1. Fill out the pledge bellow to accept the Flip The Ratio summer reading challenge and bring awareness to summer reading loss in low income communities.

  2. After you click the pledge button it will take you to Solidarity’s Amazon wish list.

    1. Choose a book to donate, pay for it, & it’ll automatically ship to our address!

    2. If you have a favorite NEW book that you’d like to donate please ship it to “SOLIDARITY PO Box 220. Placentia, CA 92871.”

  3. Every day, from Mon July 15th to Fri July 19th, read with your child, niece/nephew, or grandchild.

  4. Post a pic or video of you reading with your child on social media using #FlipTheRatio19 hashtag and tag @solidarityNPO (twitter, instagram, & facebook).

    • Solidarity will be reposting and sharing all images using that hashtag.

Dia De Le Lectura (July 25th)

How is Solidarity attempting to combat the summer reading loss & it’s effect in urban communities?

On July 25th Solidarity and our partners will host the first Dia De La Lectura, a day of reading, in the Garnet neighborhood. All of the new donated books will be given away to our students, their siblings, and families from the Garnet & Maple neighborhoods.

This community event will have:

  • Live reading

  • Summer reading loss information for parents

  • A book fair for the community.

  • and more

Interested in donate a NEW book but do not want to participate in the Flip The Ratio summer reading challenge? Click the button below to access Solidarity’s Amazon wish list.


Want to become more aware of the value of reading in urban communities? Check out these articles that we found really helpful.

  1. INFOGRAPHIC: “The Achievement Gap” National Summer Learning Association |

  2. ARTICLE: “Poverty, Access To Books, and Summer Reading Loss.” Excerpted from Reading for Life, published by Kids Read Now. Copyright © 2017

  3. ARTICLE: “The Case For Summer Learning: Why supporting students & families all year is vitally important,” by Sarah Pitcock. | American Educator, Spring 2018

  4. VIDEO: “Summer Learning Loss” Horizons National, narrated by Brian Williams

  5. STATISTICS: “Fifty Top Literacy Statistics,”