The classroom library: Core of the curriculum

Hunter-Grundin, Elizabeth
June 1990
Reading Today;Jun/Jul90, Vol. 7 Issue 6, p22
This article recommends the utilization of a classroom library for children. Young children do not have an innate understanding of the need to be literate. Therefore, a crucial part of early education is helping children understand that learning the complex code of written language is worth the effort. If emergent literacy classes fail to provide a rich variety of storybooks, many children, perhaps a majority, will never become hooked on books. Building up a classroom library large enough to enable all children to find many appealing books may seem costly, but it is difficult to think of a more cost-effective way of using school funds. Those who think they have no money for classroom libraries should look again at their spending priorities. Once the classroom library is established, it is important to make good use of it. Teacher should read stories from it three or four times a day, and all the children should have a daily session of about 15 minutes to read or reread books of their choice. A classroom library is more valuable when there is a Listening and Reading Center. After shared reading of a book, learning is enhanced by allowing groups of pupils to read a smaller version while listening to a recorded reading.


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