Classroom Libraries

Supporting Independent Reading

Typical Classroom Libraries

What do the experts say?

"A key factor of independent reading is choice." – Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell

Independent reading offers the opportunity for students to develop tastes as readers and to read a large number of self-selected books on their own. It is as students read, enjoy, and interact with texts that they choose that they will become lifelong readers.

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We support student access to classroom libraries that

1) offer a wide range of materials to appeal to and support the needs of students with different interests and abilities;

2) provide access to multiple resources that reflect diverse perspectives and social identities; and

3) open up opportunities for students, teachers, and school librarians to collaborate on the selections available for student choice and reading.