ERIC Number: ED436715
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Providing Books and Other Print Materials for Classroom and School Libraries. A Position Statement of the International Reading Association.
International Reading Association, Newark, DE.
This position paper of the International Reading Association (IRA) calls for an immediate increase in funding for books in classroom, school, and town libraries. According to the paper, the condition of these libraries has weakened over the last decade--there are fewer books per child, and the condition of the books and the staffing of the libraries have seriously deteriorated. The position paper contends that this trend must be reversed because children who have access to books are more likely to read for enjoyment, and thus increase their reading skills and their desire to read to learn. Libraries must purchase a sufficient number of new books per student and they must make a concentrated effort to replace older materials. Genres should include picture storybooks, novels, biography, fiction and nonfiction material, magazines, poetry, and a multitude of other types to suit the interests and range of reading abilities of all children. The paper considers several questions and implications regarding children's "access to books," and offers recommendations for teachers, librarians, and school administrators, as well as for researchers. Contains 16 references and list 9 related IRA publications. (NKA)
Descriptors: Childrens Libraries, Childrens Literature, Classroom Environment, Elementary Education, Financial Support, Reading Interests, Reading Materials, School Libraries, Student Needs
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.