“Summer is a critical time for literacy skills. Things like decoding, letter knowledge, and word reading skills are very susceptible to decay without frequent practice.”
James Kim, an assistant professor of education at Harvard University
The weather outside may be frightful, but planning summer reading can be delightful. ESSER and Title I Funding makes it possible to send students home with take-home book packs that build literacy skills and engage the entire family. Here are some ways to get books into the hands of students this summer:
Lerner was thrilled to sponsor this SLJ Webcast on October 13, 2022, featuring eight library leaders talking about how librarians can get kids more interested and excited about the nonfiction books in their collection. The speakers had such great ideas for generating excitement and enthusiasm for books—ranging from March madness brackets and virtual field trips to creating clever displays, using picture books with older readers, and posting reader reviews. However, we ran out of time to have the speakers answer all the questions in the chat from viewers. The speakers kindly responded to the questions in writing, and we’re happy to post them here.
Tamara Cox is a high school librarian at Wren High School in South Carolina. She was nominated to be a Librarian We Love through our web form. We’re very excited to share some details about her advocacy!
by Allison Juda, Editor, School/Library Planning & Partnership Management
I have a confession to make: We get some of our best ideas from customers. We regularly call librarians across the country to hear what they think of our ideas, what holes they need filled in their collections, and how to best serve their needs.