Social Reading and the School Library
Lutz, Jillian E.
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This literature review examines previously published literature that addresses the use of social reading by the school librarian as a tool to promote literacy. This literature review focuses on three types of social reading: book clubs, book discussion and recommendation websites, and conversing using hashtags. When the school librarian uses social reading to promote literacy in the school library, students have improved reading comprehension as a result of discussing what they have read, their attitudes about reading are more positive, and their standardized test scores improve. Using social reading in the school library helps to develop relationships between the school librarian and the students to encourage voluntary reading and to help meet students’ emotional needs.