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Climbing the Closets for Books: Why Book Ownership is So Important by Susan Knell


Today’s re-blog makes me realize it’s not so much how many books you own but how you’ve related to the ones you do own :-)

Nerdy Book Club

Sometimes my university students write things so incredible I just have to save them. We were talking about the importance of book ownership and how having your own books to read and treasure increase motivation to read. I know that as a child I got to order books from Scholastic at school and also received books as gifts. I remember owning The Best-Loved Poems of James Whitcomb Riley, Girl of the Limberlost, and countless Little Golden Books that my mother would buy for me at the grocery store. Back in the late 50s & early 60s there were not the wonderful bookstores available, and certainly nothing online!  But there are several research studies that show book ownership increases reading achievement and of course motivation to read.  So please enjoy this piece from one of my students, Karla Gonzales, who grew up in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, and is now…

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