Every classroom should have an area designated to reading, it should be a fundamental part of each school day and consistent through each stage of school from nursery through to secondary school.
Research suggests there are 5 important benefits to having an effectively designed classroom library:
- It supports literacy taught within the classroom
- Helps children to learn about books
- Provides a central location for classroom resources
- Promotes independent reading
- Allows children to talk about and interact with books
Children from a young age instantly have a fascination and a keen interest in books but as they get older it’s common for children to lose the interest in reading stories so that passion for reading is sometimes lost.
Reading plays a huge part in the development of skills such as literacy, language and helps children to recognise and understand new words.
During school it is vital teachers actively promote reading within groups but also allow children to read independently. Allowing children to take books home will also help to actively encourage reading.
Using your library of books you are also able to set homework which relates to the book of choice. Make sure you have a good booking out system in place though - you don’t want your books to get misplaced or left at home.
Your Classroom Library
A library should first and foremost provide children with a wide range of age appropriate books covering a variety of topics – both stories and non-fiction.
Not all children learn and develop at the same pace so you need to have books that children both above or below that particular age group can still read and enjoy.
The size of your reading collection may be determined by school funding, but there are many ways you can attain a larger collection of books without having to break the bank.
- Ask parents for donations – most children have books at home that they are no longer reading.
- Library book sales are great as the prices for books are relatively low so you can pick up some great bargains here.
- At the end of each year most parents and children give their teachers presents – ask for book tokens or book donations to help widen the range of reading books in your library.
- Charity shops often have plenty of good quality books which are usually reasonably priced.
E-books, there are hundreds of free and readily available books online. If your classroom has a computer you can allow children to read books from your online library.