The Research on the Power of Books:
Educators long have believed that the top predictor of whether a child attained a high level of education was highly-educated parents. A 20-year international study, however, has revealed an even bigger predictor of a childs academic success: the presence of books in the home. Regardless of nationality, level of education, or their parents economic status, children who grew up with books in their homes reached a higher level of education than those who did not, according to the study, Family Scholarly Culture and Educational Success: Books and Schooling in 27 Nations published in Research in Social Stratification and Mobility.
Having as few as 20 books in the home has a significant impact on a childs ascent to a higher level of education, the study found. The more books in the house, the greater the benefit.