"You can close your eyes and think it's real," said Schams.

"It's a skill that you need every day and in every subject," said Schmitz. "And if you are a proficient reader, someone who can read fluently, and understand what you're reading you are going to excel in no matter what field you choose or what area of study that you're in."

Which is why a program like Libros is so important at a time when the reading skills of boys across the nation are falling behind.