Youngblood Literacy News

Capturing Hearts- One Book at a Time!

Building a Reading Culture

"Avid readers are fluent readers; their vocabularies are robust; they write well; they build background knowledge as their range expands" (Krashen 2004; Guthrie 2008). Some argue that they can even be more empathetic than their non-reading peers (Mohe, Overby, Tysvaer. and Morris 2008).

In order to create a reading culture, a school needs a concerted effort and buy-in of all staff members.

To develop a culture of reading:

We talk about books.

We let kids talk about books.

We invest time in learning about the reading habits and lives of our students.

We share our reading lives with students.

We share book recommendations with each other.

We match students with books that are a good fit.

We celebrate books and readers.

We take risks.

We consider how the physical environment plays a vital role in nurturing learning.

We put books in the hands of students in numerous ways.

We read.

(from Lead with Literacy)

Books that can help are:

The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller

Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller

Lead with Literacy : A Pirate Leader's Guide to Developing a Culture of Readers by Mandy Ellis

Supporting Literacy

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. -Anna Quindlen

  • How you can help:
  • Maintain a reading log.
  • Display what you are reading- Use our "What I'm Reading Signs"- update
  • Tweet It
  • Have a classroom library
  • Little Free Library
  • Find Time for Independent reading
  • Read with them

Programs that we have:

40 book challenge

Battle of the Books



School Wide DEAR

Caught Reading tickets

A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read. -Mark Twain

Independent Reading

In our bell to bell schedule, it's not impossible to find time for independent reading. We must be creative. Here are some ideas:

Bathroom Breaks- bring a book to read

Waiting to go to electives

Finishing an assignment early

End-of-day dismissal- make sure that they don't miss their bus

DEAR time

Book Buzz

Destiny Discover

Use our library resources at Destiny Discover

Students can log into Destiny Discover at school and home using the following information:

UN- Student ID number (lunch number)

PW- ID numberinitials ex. 123456gb

When you search for titles, it will include eBooks as well as print books in our system.

In the library catalog, you can open the eBooks and read them.

You can search just our school or all schools in the system. You can place an inter-library loan request as well.

Your search will also include results from our Databases (online encyclopedias, journals, magazines, etc). This will help you with your research topics!