As writers, the very ability to read is something we take for granted. But the truth of the matter is that 32 million adults in the United States have low literacy skills. That means one in seven Americans would have a difficult time finishing even a page of a book. To us, people who spend our days writing and reading, it seems unfathomable that illiteracy is still a problem in the United States. But it is.
When parents don’t read to their kids, it can lower their average reading score by 74%. (source)
Only 31 percent of college graduates have high level literacy skills. (source)
Only 24% of 17 year olds ever read for fun. (source)