Can Free Books Do More For Kids Than Summer School?

06/01/2010 07:58 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Can a $50 stack of paperback books do as much for a child's academic fortunes as a $3,000 stint in summer school?

An experimental program in seven states may help answer that question this summer as districts from Nevada to South Carolina give thousands of low-income students an armful of free books.

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