E-readers are helping struggling students in an after-school book club to read independently.

4th and 5th graders, will soon be receiving e-readers. They are members of our after-school book club, which also serves as a reading intervention.

The book club’s goal is simple: Get our most reluctant readers to start reading habitually. And we believe that introducing digital books as part of our library will further engage our students in this most critical skill.

Why Go Digital?

The book club students are not lacking in available books to read. Before it started, one of our reading teachers purchased many high-interest, easy-to-read texts for the students from a local bookstore. Additionally, the book club meets in our school library media center where they are surrounded by stories.

But proximity to literature doesn’t mean students will develop the thirst for reading. After all, they have had access to these books for years. Why haven’t they picked them up yet?

After reading the current research on digital literacy, we felt e-readers could engage our reluctant readers in a way that print has not thus far. While the printed word is revered by previous generations, these students go home after school and play video games or interact on social media. Media is mostly a digital experience for them.

By shifting to a medium that embraces interactivity, the chance that they’ll read may independently increase. E-readers, even the basic ones we have purchased, boost the relevancy of reading and shows that the school is trying to speak their language: technology.

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