The 30 Million Word Gap

Anjali Joshi

A groundbreaking study in early literacy by Betty Hart and Todd Risley has given educators and parents insight into factors that affect early childhood development and achievement later in life. This widely recognized study, aptly named "The Early Catastrophe," revealed that some children heard 30 million fewer words by their third birthdays than others. This "word gap" in the first 36 months of life was found to be correlated to the achievement gap later in life. What can we do to bridge this gap? It's simple: Read.

This video excerpt shows why this word gap is so significant:

Video source: Books Are The Beginning

Bharat Babies' diverse collection ranges from board books to early readers which are all carefully written and illustrated with the reader in mind. Our books tell the stories of India's heritage in a manner that is developmentally appropriate for children. By giving our children access to diverse literature, we are giving them the tools they need to succeed in life.