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Denmark has been named the happiest country in the world multiple times; but in spite of this, far too many children and adolescents live in horrendous conditions. Every single day, children and adolescents are placed outside the home when letting them live in an often chaotic, neglectful household is no longer believed responsible. Placed children are at greater risk for mental illness, teenage pregnancy, premature death (especially suicide), substance abuse, homelessness and crime.

It is well documented that the best protection against these serious problems is a good school experience. And being able to read is the most important factor for success in school. That’s why support of reading is so important, and encountering books can be a stepping stone to a better life.
Read more about why and how literature can make such a great difference.

Reading reduces stress

At-risk children and adolescents often live in a chaotic world. Studies show that reading is one of the most effective methods to reduce stress.


Difficult school years

Frequent school change, learning disabilities and other problems are far more common among children placed in care or institutions than among their peers.


5 reasons why at-risk children don’t go to the library

Why should at-risk children and adolescents be given books, when they could just go to a library? Find the answers here…


The importance of many books

Why does Read for Your Life donate libraries of between 400 and 1000 books to at-risk children and adolescents – and not just smaller book collections? Our choices are based on research showing how important it is to grow up with everyday access to a lot of books. Actually, the amount of available books is…


There is no friend as loyal as a book.

Ernest Hemingway

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