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Idea #9: Load up the libraries

Posted on April 09, 2013 in Autism, Literacy

Another idea from A Land We Can Share: Teaching Literacy to Students With Autism, by Paula Kluth and Kelly Chandler-Olcott

Recommendations for classroom library sizes range from 600 to 1,500 books. I typically error on the side of higher numbers as this allows educators to not only provide a wide range of genres, but a range of levels and formats too. Imagine the differences in opportunities for learners who consistently have a classroom library of 1,000 books versus those who have a library half that size (or smaller)? A larger library may be even more important for learners who have unique learning profiles. For students who have narrow interests, who struggle to find compelling materials, and for those who may need to review many titles before getting hooked on one, having shelf after shelf and bin after bin to choose from is essential.

The entire community can help with this goal; the PTO can add titles, families can donate needed volumes, rummage sale leftovers can be dropped at school doors, and Scholastic book sales can result in donations to the school.

We now know how important it is for students to have access to books in the home, and this Science Daily article provides additional insight; it is time to now look at inequities across classrooms and address those too.

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