But in our digital conversion of media (perhaps buttressed by application of the popular KonMari method of decluttering), physical objects have been expunged at a cost. Aside from the disappearance of record crates and CD towers, the loss of print books and periodicals can have significant repercussions on children’s intellectual development.
Perhaps the strongest case for a household full of print books came from a 2014 study published in the sociology journal Social Forces. Researchers measured the impact of the size of home libraries on the reading level of 15-year-old students across 42 nations, controlling for wealth, parents’ education and occupations, gender and the country’s gross national product.
After G.N.P., the quantity of books in one’s home was the most important predictor of reading performance. The greatest effect was seen in libraries of about 100 books, which resulted in approximately 1.5 extra years of grade-level reading performance. (Diminishing returns kick in at about 500 books, which is the equivalent of about 2.2 extra years of education.)
— by Teddy Wayne
from Our (Bare) Shelves, Our Selves
The New York Times
We Need Books
Our (Bare) Shelves, Our Selves by Teddy Wayne – from The New York Times
NATIVE VOICES ROUNDTABLE PART 1: SHARING STORIES & TALKING BACK (PART 1 OF 2) — from We Need Diverse Books
NATIVE VOICES ROUNDTABLE: SHARING STORIES & TALKING BACK (PART 2 OF 2) — from We Need Diverse Books
Children’s Authors Share Their Favorite Childhood Books Compiled by Diane Roback — from Publishers Weekly
Horn Book Fanfare 2015 — from The Horn Book Magazine
How Kwame Alexander Gets Teens Reading and Writing Poetry — from School Library Journal
WSJ’s Best Books of 2015 — from Wall Street Journal
In the Works: SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books 2016 Edition by Monida Edinger — from Educating Alice
We Need Ideas and Opinions
An American Refrain by Libba Bray – from Libba Bray’s Blog
Novelists team up for teen book on race and police by James Sullivan — from The Boston Globe
THE N-WORD AND MY DAUGHTER by Martha Haakmat — from Raising Race Conscious Children
I gathered these entries from various sources such as Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and specific sites that I follow such as Educating Alice, Pub Peeps, Book Riot, School Library Journal, The Horn Book, We Need Diverse Books, etc.