Local organization brings children together to promote early literacy

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Dozens of children took part in a book fair in Greenville Saturday morning designed to spark their passion for reading.

It’s all part of an early literacy initiative sponsored by the Books from Birth Coalition and the United Way of Pitt County.

Child authors as young as 7-years-old read their books to the group and the Third Street Education Center Holiday Choir performed.

Organizers say this is especially important in this area because Pitt County is known as a book desert.

“Part of the reason why we’re doing this is because about half of Pitt County children are not entering kindergarten ready to learn. So we know that when families read out loud to their children at home, it dramatically increases their preparedness for kindergarten,” said Pitt County United Way Communications Director Melissa Adamson.

The organization’s goal is to make sure that all kids have access to books.

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