Kansas City Museum Will Take Young Readers Down the Rabbit hOle in 2020
According to 2017 data collected by the US Department of Education, 63 percent of fourth-graders read below a “proficient” achievement level, and low-income students face the highest risk of literacy problems. The importance of reading to a child’s academic and personal development has challenged literacy nonprofits to think outside the box on how to get students engaged with reading. In North Kansas City, Missouri, the world’s first “explor-a-storium” is being built to rise to the challenge.
The creators and owners of The Rabbit hOle museum, Debbie Pettid and Pete Cowdin, ran a popular children’s bookstore called the Reading Reptile for nearly three decades. In 2015, they took the leap into their passion project of creating a nonprofit museum that would build culture around children’s books and provide a more immersive, explorable experience of reading.
Originally published on nonprofitquarterly.org by Julie Euber