What Library Stakeholders need to Know about Why Reading Matters
Ehrenfreund, Max. “If we stop telling kids what to read, they might start reading again.” (Washington Post Wonkblog, Jan. 10, 2015)
Goldsmith, Francisca. “Reading by Ear (Why audiobook listening expands, rather than derails, our access to literature).” (No Shelf Required blog, Sept. 27, 2016)
Pearson, Catherine. “Science Proves Reading To Kids Really Does Change Their Brains.” (Huffington Post, Aug. 6, 2016)
Dring, Sally. “Don't Overlook Your School Librarian,They're the Unsung Heroes of Literacy.” (The Guardian US Teacher Connection, Sept, 18, 2014)
Littleton, Emily. “Kids Gain confidence in Reading.” (Jackson Sun, June 28, 2016)
McDonald, Megan (children’s book author). “How the School Library Saved My Life.” (Education Week, October 2, 2016)
Roncevic, Mirela. “Are you a ‘reader’ when listening to an audiobook? Yes, of course.” (No Shelf Required blog, June 20, 2016)
McGill-Franzen , Anne; Natalia Ward, Maria Cahill. “ Summers: Some Are Reading, Some Are Not! It Matters.” (The Reading Teacher 69(6) 2016)
AASL. Position Statement on the School Librarian's Role in Reading. (AASL website, Revised, Sept. 1, 2010) Also look at related School Librarian’s Role in Reading Toolkit, linked in this document.
National Library of New Zealand, Services to Schools. Librarian's role in creating readers. (website, no date)
Johnson, Doug. “The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations in Reading.” (The Blue Skunk Blog, March 28, 2016)
"If the Book Fits: Students Given Options on Choosing Books" by Kristy D. Carter (Sampson Independent, Clinton, NC,; Jan. 12, 2016)
"Lloyd Lofthouse: The Best Way to Learn to Read" by Diane Ravitch (Diane Ravitch's blog, Sept. 6, 2015)
"Learning To Read Alone Is Not Enough. Your Students Need A Reading Champion." by Jennifer LaGarde (Adventures of Library Girl blog, Aug. 8, 2015)
Scholastic Open a World of Possible/Research
Topics include: Reading Volume; Reading Self-Selected Books for Fun; Books in the Home; The Power of Read Aloud; Reading and Writing Connections. Also checkout the TwitterFeed #sharepossible.
"Self-Selected Reading as a Predictor of Reading Improvement (TLA Conference Program) by Richard L. Allington. (TASL Talks blog. Apr. 19, 2015).
Study: The serious value of reading for fun - Don't let school testing drills kill your kid's love of books by Michiko Hikida & Jennifer Keys Adair (Gray Matters blog, Houston Chronicle, May 26, 2015)
11 Reasons Librarians Are Better Superheroes Than The Avengers by Kimberly Joki (Grammarly Blog, April 15, 2015)
Benefits of Reading Infographic by Raphael Lysander (10/17/2014)
If We Stop Telling Kids What to Read, They Might Start Reading Again by Max Ehrenfreund (Washington Post Wonkblog, January 10, 2015)
Study Finds Reading to Children of All Ages Grooms Them to Read More on Their Own by Motoko Rich (New York Times Online, Jan. 8, 2015)
Talk, Sing, Read, Write, Play: How Libraries Reach Kids Before They Can Read by Lynn Neary (NPR Morning Edition, Dec. 30, 2014)
Seven ways schools kill the love of reading in kids — and 4 principles to help restore it by Valerie Strauss (Washington Post blog Answer Sheet, Dec. 26, 2014)
"Why Would You WANT to Fly?" by Mark Condon (reprinted on ilovelibraries.org courtesy of Unite for Literacy, April 29 2014)
"Study Ties College Success to Students' Exposure to a High School Librarian" by Lauren Barack (Digital Shift, Sept. 19, 2014)
Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation for information about the Family Learning Summit 2015, Houston Celebration of Reading, and more,
Read, Kids, Read by Frank Bruni (New York Times OpEd Columnist, May 12, 2014)
Op-Ed: In Praise of (Off-line) Slow Reading by David Mikics (NYT, Jan. 3, 2014)
Brain function "boosted for days after reading a novel" by Thomas Jivanda (The Independent (UK), Dec. 28, 2013)
Allington, Richard L. and Rachel E. “Every Child, Every Day.” (Educational Leadership, March 2012)
Scholastic Publishing's Open a World of Possible, which includes The Joy and Power of Reading, A Summary or Research and Expert Opinion
"The Best Resources Documenting the Effectiveness if Free Voluntary Reading" from Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day, Feb. 26, 2011.
Author Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming. A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens.
(The Guardian, Tuesday 15 October 2013)
"Libraries really are the gates to the future. So it is unfortunate that, round the world, we observe local authorities seizing the opportunity to close libraries as an easy way to save money, without realising that they are stealing from the future to pay for today. They are closing the gates that should be open."
"I was once in New York, and I listened to a talk about the building of private prisons – a huge growth industry in America. The prison industry needs to plan its future growth – how many cells are they going to need? How many prisoners are there going to be, 15 years from now? And they found they could predict it very easily, using a pretty simple algorithm, based on asking what percentage of 10 and 11-year-olds couldn't read. And certainly couldn't read for pleasure."