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ERIC Number: EJ786398
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun-1
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0362-8930
The Great Cover-Up
Jones, Leigh Ann
School Library Journal, v53 n6 p44-47 Jun 2007
In the spring of 2005, the author created a short, online questionnaire to capture data about middle schoolers and book covers, and after several pilot studies she posted it to The study includes the fiction books for middle school from the 2005 Quick Picks list. Over the course of a week, participants reported to the school library to complete the short online questionnaire. Using a list of nine factors gleaned from the pilot studies, students checked how they "usually," "sometimes", or "rarely" select fiction books from the school library. They responded to the potential appeal of the covers from the fiction Quick Picks, and the results were analyzed quantitatively. For the students in this study, covers impacted their selection of fiction books more than any other factor. The nine factors that most impacted student selection, in order from greatest to least, were: cover; title; reading the cover's flap copy, summary, and/or other text; genre; recommendation from a friend; recommendation from a librarian; series; length; author. Possibly the biggest eye-opener in the study is that no significant difference exists for gender, grade level, or the level of reading enjoyment. Covers are the number one factor that impact the selection of fiction books no matter if the student is a boy or girl. Covers have the same effect on sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Covers are the top choice no matter whether the student states that he loves to read, likes to read, or doesn't like to read.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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