What Can Librarians Do to Support Student Literacy?

From a reader:

Any thoughts on top 2 or 3 literacy concepts on which you would focus librarians? Grades 4-8?

My response:

Let me say how happy I am that you are available to students and teachers. As I make my way across the country I find fewer and fewer school-based librarians. Unfortunately, you appear to be part of a disappearing breed. Here are a few ideas.


School Library Journal's Wiki Offers Resources About Students with Disabilities with a Nod to UDL

"Libraries play a catalytic role in the lives of people with disabilities by facilitating their full participation in society. Libraries should use strategies based upon the principles of universal design to ensure that library policy, resources and services meet the needs of all people," according to the School Libary Journal (SLJ).

Disabilities or Not: Great Ideas for Digital Summer Learning That Work All Year Long

To be sure teachers and related services personnel offer top summer learning ideas that include accessible educational materials (AEM) here are suggestions from reliable resources that can stand up to learning demands all year long.

Hook Kids on a Book Series! We Add Accessibility

Meet two ambassadors for summer reading who are advocating for high quality summer learning experiences that boost literacy and establish a habit of reading.

AEM Center: "School's Out, Summer Learning Begins!" Check Out Digitally Desirable Resources

Of course, diversions from a schoolyear workload should be high on the "things to do" list when the summer break starts; but a knowing staff at the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) understands that a teacher's search for ways to support students and assure their success is never put aside.

We’re Going on a Bug Hunt!

Carol goes bug hunting with her three-year-old son Taylor, and realizes a great adventure can be had right at home, alongside bug-themed books and apps.

Create Summer Readers with "Audie 2015" Audiobook Standouts

Here's list to grow readers from the world of audiobooks, the format for learning that engages struggling and other readers when books in print do not.

The format, that is essential for students with print disabilities, helps learners access the same books that their peers are reading in print. The literacy that can result from "ear reading" creates "academic" knowledge and the "social" opportunity to "talk books" and be part of literacy conversations struggling readers so often miss.

Video Trailers Whet Learner Appetites for Audiobooks: A Strategy for Struggling Readers

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb is a trailer from Viewing the video is a strategy that could engage readers with an audiobook and its author and or illustrator before listening.

Ideas for Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 21 to Open More Doors to Learning for All

Get in the groove for Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on May 21st! Events, both virtual and live, are scheduled around the world for this annual event on the third Thursday of May.

Educators, designers, developers, usability professionals, and others are encouraged to devote time to experience the impact of digital accessibility or lack of it.

8 Literacy Ideas on How to Use Learning Ally Audiobooks to Deter a Summer Slide

Summer reading can be painful when decoding problems and/or a slow reading rate means a child or teen will struggle to read traditional books in print. Instead, reading accessible book formats can turn the experience into something exciting—reading for pleasure.

Alternative Formats

Audiobooks, especially those that have built-in learning supports that some learners need, help to develop literacy skills, maintain gains during the school year, and deter an academic slide.


"Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. " — Neil Gaiman