Children Become Successful Readers When They Have a Choice of Books They Want To Read and Can Read
In her book “It’s Not Complicated” (Scholastic, 2012), Phyllis Hunter lays out the basics of what makes kids successful readers, including the obvious: easy access to books they want to read (pp. 18-40). Letting kids choose their own texts empowers and motivates them. And, being able to successfully read your “own” book motivates more reading – the key to developing reading proficiency. The research is clear that texts that are matched to a student’s reading ability – “that they can read” – does much more to improve their reading ability than trying to force books above their level – books they can’t read and don’t want to (Hunter, p. 24).
That’s why Read It Forward Jax Coalition is asking the community to purchase Reading Libraries for our K-3 classrooms – baskets of “fun” books for every reading level that students can choose and “own” until they are ready to borrow another. By purchasing a one-basket or three-basket library for an elementary school classroom, each of us can do our part to “Read it Forward” for our children and the future.
Your tax-deductible contribution will support this vital effort to get books into the hands of children who need them most. Access to interesting and appealing reading materials is a crucial component to building literacy skills and fostering a love of reading.