Los Angeles (CNN) -- In 1999, Rebecca Constantino began doing a study at schools across Los Angeles. One day, she saw something that stopped her in her tracks. She had just completed a Ph.D. in language, literacy and learning, and she was analyzing children's access to books in affluent and low-income communities.
The best way to learn to read is by reading, research has shown. And a student leaving kindergarten with a good grasp of reading and writing sentences is commonly considered a key indicator for college and career readiness down the road.
An elementary school in Watts battling dwindling resources found a unique partnership that is giving their community new hope, and students an advantage, by turning to books and not iPads to help children learn.
With Timmy Failure, Greg Heffley, Captain Underpants, and Big Nate at your aid, anything, at least kid-related, seems possible. That’s exactly the hope of authors Stephan Pastis, Jeff Kinney, Dav Pilkey, and Lincoln Peirce.