The Impact of a Diverse Classroom Library
First Book Research & Insights conducted this nationwide study to understand: (1) the importance of diverse classroom libraries from the educator perspective; and (2) the importance of diverse classroom libraries with respect to student outcomes. The study reveals that increasing access to diverse books in the classroom environment increases the amount of time that children spend reading, and positively impacts students’ reading scores. It also reveals that while educators almost uniformly believe that a diverse classroom library is important, most classroom libraries fall far short of representing or reflecting the current diverse student population. Additional research is needed to further understand the impact of diverse books.