June 18, 2012 by

Closing the Book Gap

The 1,000 Books Project, a partnership between Scholastic, a classroom teacher, and local donors, helped students grow their own home libraries over the course of two years, reports last week’s most-clicked ASCD SmartBrief story.

As part of the class effort, students set aside physical space at home for their library, enlisted family members as reading buddies, and blogged about and discussed their experiences as a class.

The book gap—particularly significant in the summer months, when many students are away from school resources for extended periods—is easier to address than other factors affecting children living in poverty. The participating teacher in the 1,000 Books Project attests that the experience of closing the book gap with his students not only yielded academic gains, but that students’ in-school and out-of-school experiences were transformed by a love of reading.

Learn more about supporting struggling readers in the free, Summer 2012 online-only issue of Educational Leadership magazine: “Strong Readers All.”

Also, see these popular, free articles from the archives:

  • Got Books? by Anne McGill-Franzen and Richard Allington