In the rural areas of northern Haiti, books can be hard to come by. The books available in the market are generally those required by the local schools and texts for learning French or English. Families must purchase the required books for each grade level that each of their children will attend. They are generally soft cover books with low quality printing designed to keep costs low. Sometimes the books can be passed down to younger siblings, but keeping a book in good condition for a year is challenging. Rural homes made from wattle and daub do not provide adequate protection from the elements and pests. Flooding often carries away or damages printed materials during the hurricane season. Few families have books to read just for fun.