Encouraging news from the Pew Research Center this week. Listening to NPR this week, I heard the results of a study showing that 60 percent of Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 are still reading and going to the library. If you want a break from the campaign news, here’s a link to the story:
The library patrons in the picture are not yet 16, but they have all the signs of becoming lifelong library fans. I took this picture of several first grade students after they selected their books because of a conversation I had with a first grade teacher. We were talking about what books 6-year-olds are reading, and I decided to conduct my own very unscientific poll. Like the people at the Pew Research Center, I found enthusiastic library users. Among the books the kids checked out were Eloise’s Pirate Adventure, a Stink book by Judy McDonald and Angelina on Stage.
There are lots of wonderful books for emerging readers, but these are among the most popular in our library:
Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant
Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems
Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo