Washington, DC has launched a new early childhood literacy program to encourage reading from the start of life and decrease the “word gap” between affluent and lower income communities. Under the DC Public Library’s Books From Birth program, children from birth to age five whose families register will be delivered an expertly-selected book once a month. After the books have been read, families can choose to give them to another child, donate them, or keep them. Delivery costs will be supplied by the Dollywood Foundation. Officials predict the initiative could benefit tens of thousands of children. Similar programs have been created in Tennessee and Rhode Island.