Simply put, environment is the total impact of conditions, influences, and surroundings on children. It’s not the only factor, but there’s no doubt that children who are read to, whose parents are involved in their education, and who grow up in homes where reading is valued do better in school. Readers tend to be more adventuresome and curious, and exhibit greater respect for their peers, teachers, and themselves. The collection of articles in this section takes on an essential part of children’s reading development—creating literacy-rich environments. The emphasis is on the home environment, including building a family library that includes books, magazines, and materials for every age group. There is also information on where to set up a library, how to set it up, and where to find great deals on new and used books.