Access plus Choice
One of my take aways from my weekend of learning at the Michigan Reading Association Conference was that ALL students need access to books, and students need to have voice a when they choose what they read.
Access to text includes that a variety of genres, cultures, religions, family dynamics and a range of abilities so that children and see themselves in books. Access to text means multiple forms of print; books, magazines, digital, hard copy, recipes, menus, etc.
Choice means that students can decide what they would like to read. Students need to be taught how to chose text that is just right for them, that it is okay to abandon a book, and that rereading a book should be a celebration.
My wish is that all children will live amongst a flood of books; no more book deserts.