Books are Enough

The Power of Free, Self-Selected Reading

November Research Spotlight

I plan on featuring quotes/research  from leading reading researchers on a monthly basis. I am also working on a major research article on my own- about how wrong-headed and anti-evidence common core is.

This comes from the brilliant paper given by Richard Allington and Rachael Gabriel in early 2012. It is called “Every Child. Every Day.”

“…yet many schools claim that they have no budget for large, multileveled classroom libraries. This is interesting because research has demonstrated that access to self-selected texts improves students’ reading performance (Krashen, 2011), whereas no evidence indicates that workbooks, photocopies, or computer tutorial programs have ever done so (Cunningham & Stanovich, 1998; Dynarski, 2007).”



Cunningham, A. E., & Stanovich, K. E. (1998). The impact of print exposure on word recognition. In J. Metsala & L. Ehri (Eds.), Word recognition in beginning literacy (pp. 235–262). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Dynarski, M. (2007). Effectiveness of reading and mathematics software products: Findings from the first student cohort. Washington, DC: Institute for Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved from

Krashen, S. (2011). Free voluntary reading. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.



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