What Library Stakeholders need to Know about Why Reading Matters
.For Additional Info on Reading Aloud; Boys & Reading; and Reading Digitally, see Bonus Reading Info
"7 Steps to Become a Better Reader." dr4ward, 10 May 2017. Infographic.
"4 Ways to Help Your Kids Read (and enjoy) Books." Raising the Capable Student, 30 Dec. 2017.
Bailey, Nancy. "88 Reasons Why Children Don’t Read Well, and What to Do About It." Nancy Bailey's Education Website, 15 Apr. 2018.
Bevier, Dawn. "How to Help Your Child Reach Academic Success by Building Literacy: Proven Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in School." Better Humans, Medium, 3 July 2019.
Bolton, Leon. "Why Reading Matters." Leon's Blog, 8 Oct. 2013.
Boyd, Krys, producer. "Why Screens And Books Require Different Reading Skills." Think/Science and Technology, KERA, 15 Aug. 2018.
Chapman, Ryan. "Build Empathy and Understanding by Pairing Comics with Novels." Edutopia: Literacy, 12 July 2019. Teaching with comics facilitates improved comprehension and social-emotional competencies.
Denholm, Andrew. "Urgent Call for More School Librarians to Halt Slide in Literacy Standards." The Herald/ Sunday Herald, 11 May 2017.
Dukakis, Kara. "3 Easy Ways to Promote Early Literacy and Brain Development in Your Library." Ideas and Inspirations, Demco.
Eichenlaub, Iris. "Building a Reading Community, One Reader at a Time." KQ, AASL, 1 July 2019.
Ford, Anne. "Front-Loading Literacy: Laundromat Reading Initiatives Bring Together Books, Bubbles." American Libraries, 1 May 2019.
Frenette, Liza. "Librarians Play Pivotal Role In Keeping Students on Track, Helping Avoid the 'Summer Slide.'" NYSUT News, New York State United Teachers, 22 June 2018.
Goerner, Phil. "10 Ways To Avert the Summer Slide | Tech Tidbits." School Library Journal, 23 May 2018.
Greenberg, Karin. "The Case for Classics: Why They Are Relevant in a High School Curriculum." KQ, AASL, 24 July 2018.
Heid, Markham. "Why Reading Books Is Important for the Brain: The Decline of Book Reading May Have Costly Implications for Cognition and Social Skills." Elemental, Medium, 2 May 2019.
Howard, Jennifer. "What we lose by reading 100,000 words every day." Washington Post [Washington, D.C.], 4 Oct. 2018.
Kelly. “Want to Raise Smart, Kind Kids? Science Says Do This Every Day.” Happy You, Happy Family blog. N.d. “All you have to do is this: Read to your child. Even if they already know how to read to themselves.”
Kids & Family Reading Report 7th Edition. Scholastic, 2019.
Korbey, Holly. "Digital Text Is Changing How Kids Read—Just Not in the Way That You Think." Mindshift, KQED, 21 Aug. 2018.
Korbey, Holley. "The Reading Wars: Choice vs. Canon.” Edutopia: Literacy, 9 July 2019. English teachers are wrestling with how to navigate the increasingly contentious terrain between student choice and assigning the classics.
Krashen, Stephen. "Do Libraries and Teacher Librarians Have the Solution to the Long-Term English Language Learner Problem?" CSLA Journal, 41(2): 16-19. 2018. (California School Library Association).
Loewus, Liana. "What Teachers Should Know About the Science of Reading (Video and Transcript)." Teaching Now, Education Week, 19 Mar. 2019.
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McCombs, Jennifer Sloan, et al. "Investing in Successful Summer Programs: A Review of Evidence Under the Every Student Succeeds Act." Wallace Foundation, June 2019.
Miller, David, et al. "The Star Method: Will They Do It?" SDKrashen.com, Jan. 2019. “Then it occurred to me: Maybe the only authority on 'good books' for kids is a kid. Should we (educators) stand aside and let children recommend books to each other?" (Adriance 2010).
Miller, Donalyn. "If Kids Can't Read What They Want in the Summer, When Can They? | Opinion." School Library Journal, 17 June 2019.
Moreillon, Judi. " Literacy Matters Every Day." Tucson.com. Arizona Daily Star, 6 March 2019.
Morgan, Jonathan. "How Do Librarians in Schools Support Struggling Readers?" National Assn for the Teaching of English (UK), 7 July 2019.
NCTE. "The Students' Right to Read." NCTE, 25 Oct. 2018.
The Organized Mind. "READING TOO SOON. There is a widely held belief in this country (and many others) that if we start teaching children to read, write, and spell in preschool and kindergarten that they will be ahead of the game (and their peers) by first grade. ..." Facebook, 5 July 2015. “Also, spend lots of time reading to them. Read to them so they can practice mental imagery in a relaxed environment.”
Peyser, Marc. "This Is Why Reading Is So Important for Your Brain." Readers Digest, n.d.
Plemmons, Andy. "The Power of First Lines: Another New Library Orientation." Expect the Miraculous, Barrow Media Center, 16 Aug. 2018. “One standout comment was how a window keeps you safe from things going on outside and a book lets you explore dangerous situations without getting hurt.”
QIS Parents Network. “Raising readers in the age of digital distraction.” Queensland Independent Schools Parent Network, 26 Feb. 2019.
Renwick, Matt. "3 Easy Ways To Grow Independent Readers." TeachThought.
Ripp, Pernille. "Be a Reader Leader – What Administrators Can Do to Promote a Reading Culture." Pernille Ripp, 5 July 2018.
Savoca, Keri. "Why Your Students Don't Like To Read." Medium, 19 Dec. 2018.
Wexler, Natalie. "Elementary Education Has Gone Terribly Wrong." Atlantic Magazine, Aug. 2019. In the early grades, U.S. schools value reading-comprehension skills over knowledge. The results are devastating, especially for poor kids.
Wexler, Natalie. "Why American Students Haven't Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years." Atlantic Magazine, 13 Apr. 2018. Schools usually focus on teaching comprehension skills instead of general knowledge—even though education researchers know better.
What Kids Are Reading. Renaissance. Download the report.
Willingham, Daniel T. "How to Get Your Mind to Read." New York Times, 25 Nov. 2017.
Wilson, Colleen. "Hommocks Middle Students Get Real-Time Data on Reading." lohud, USA Today, 2 Jan. 2018.
Wong, Alia. "Boys Don't Read Enough." Atlantic Magazine, 27 Sept. 2018. Girls read more than boys in just about every developed country, and it's a big reason they have better educational outcomes.