Reading matters for Librarians Pre2017
In working to keep these pages approachable, we've moved articles older than 2017 to this page. There is still powerful content here.
Allington, Richard L. and Rachel E. “Every Child, Every Day.” Educational Leadership, March 2012.
Allington, Richard L. "Self-Selected Reading as a Predictor of Reading Improvement (TLA Conference Program). TASL Talks. Apr. 19, 2015.
Barack, Lauren. "Study Ties College Success to Students' Exposure to a High School Librarian." Digital Shift, Sept. 19, 2014.
"The Best Resources Documenting the Effectiveness if Free Voluntary Reading" from Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day, Feb. 26, 2011.
Bruni, Frank. Read, Kids, Read. New York Times OpEd, May 12, 2014)
Carter, Kristy. "If the Book Fits: Students Given Options on Choosing Books" Sampson Independent (Clinton, NC) Jan. 12, 2016.
Condon, Mark. "Why Would You WANT to Fly?" Reprinted on ilovelibraries.org courtesy of Unite for Literacy, April 29 2014.
Dring, Sally. “Don't Overlook Your School Librarian,They're the Unsung Heroes of Literacy.” The Guardian US Teacher Connection, Sept, 18, 2014.
Ehrenfreund, Max. If We Stop Telling Kids What to Read, They Might Start Reading Again. Washington Post Wonkblog, January 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).
Hikida, Michiko & Jennifer Keys Adair. Study: The serious value of reading for fun - Don't let school testing drills kill your kid's love of books. Gray Matters, Houston Chronicle, May 26, 2015.
Jivanda, Thomas. Brain function "boosted for days after reading a novel." The Independent (UK), Dec. 28, 2013.
Johnson, Doug. “The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations in Reading.” (The Blue Skunk Blog, March 28, 2016)
Joki, Kimberly. 11 Reasons Librarians Are Better Superheroes Than The Avengers. Grammarly, April 15, 2015.
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."
LaGarde, Jennifer. "Learning To Read Alone Is Not Enough. Your Students Need A Reading Champion." Adventures of Library Girl, Aug. 8, 2015.
Littleton, Emily. “Kids Gain confidence in Reading.” (Jackson Sun, June 28, 2016).
Lysander, Raphael. Benefits of Reading Infographic MetamorphosisJ, 10/17/2014.
McDonald, Megan (children’s book author). “How the School Library Saved My Life.” (Education Week, October 2, 2016)
McGill-Franzen , Anne; Natalia Ward, Maria Cahill. “ Summers: Some Are Reading, Some Are Not! It Matters.” (The Reading Teacher 69(6) 2016).
Mikics, David. Op-Ed: In Praise of (Off-line) Slow Reading. NYT, Jan. 3, 2014.
Neary, Lynn. Talk, Sing, Read, Write, Play: How Libraries Reach Kids Before They Can Read. NPR Morning Edition, Dec. 30, 2014.
Pearson, Catherine. "Science Proves Reading To Kids Really Does Change Their Brains: MRIs provide hard proof." Huffington Post, 6 Aug. 2015, Parents sec. Huff Post.
Ravitch, Diane. "Lloyd Lofthouse: The Best Way to Learn to Read" Diane Ravitch's blog, Sept. 6, 2015.
Rich, Motoko. Study Finds Reading to Children of All Ages Grooms Them to Read More on Their Own. New York Times Online, Jan. 8, 2015.
Roncevic, Mirela. “Are you a ‘reader’ when listening to an audiobook? Yes, of course.” (No Shelf Required blog, June 20, 2016).
Scholastic Publishing's Open a World of Possible, which includes The Joy and Power of Reading, A Summary or Research and Expert Opinion
Schwartz, Katrina. "Strategies to Help Students ‘Go Deep’ When Reading Digitally." Mindshift, KQED, 16 Oct. 2016.
Storrs, Carina. "This Is Your Child's Brain on Reading." CNN, 3 Feb. 2016. This article refers to the article in the Journal Pediatrics: Home Reading Environment and Brain Activation in Preschool Children Listening to Stories by John S. Hutton, Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus, Alan L. Mendelsohn, Tom DeWitt, Scott K. Holland, the C-MIND Authorship Consortium, Sept 2015.
Strauss, Valerie. Seven ways schools kill the love of reading in kids — and 4 principles to help restore it. Washington Post blog Answer Sheet, Dec. 26, 2014.