Adult Literacy

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Reading is a fundamental skill, one that, unfortunately, many are without. An estimated 32 million adults in the U.S. – almost 10% of our population - are unable to read. In our schools, nearly 19% of all graduating high school students are considered illiterate1.

These adults have difficulty with performing everyday routines we often take for granted. Tasks, such as reading maps, completing job applications or insurance forms, become herculean in effort. Illiterate adults miss out on opportunities to bond with their children as they are unable to assist them with homework. What’s more alarming is many do not have the reading level to understand instructions on a medicine bottle2 . Think of the implications of not knowing what dosage to take.

This is where libraries step up to the plate. Throughout history, libraries have played a vital role in delivering resources and services to those striving to improve their reading and writing skills. Brodart’s staff partners with libraries to address the growing need for struggling readers to improve their communication skills.

Since publishers do not offer new literacy material on a regular basis, Brodart has established relationships with prominent providers such as Steck-Vaughn, New Readers Press, and Grass Roots Press with the goal of highlighting what’s available in the adult literacy world.

Materials range from math tutorials and independent living guides to adaptations of classic titles and recreational fiction, we have the bases covered. Consumables, such as workbooks and student guides, are featured prominently in nearly every subject as they provide the necessary practical application for those learning how to read and write.

Brodart can be your partner in helping to improve the lives of adult learners by being your one-stop source for adult literacy material.


1 U.S. Department of Education, National Institute of Literacy
2 ALA’s Literacy Clearinghouse