The Power of Reading

      What you can do at home:

    • Read aloud to one another.
    • Read stories from books, magazines, newspapers, and the Internet.
    • Tell stories. Retell family and personal stories. Find the extraordinary in the ordinary life experiences as well as interest and humor.
    • Carry reading material for those times when waiting is necessary.
    • Discuss the stories, reading, and viewing material.
    • Let family members see you read.
    • Have a book shelf with good books and magazines.
    • Each child should own some of his/her own favorite and most useful books.
    • Each child should have a library card.
    • Visit the library frequently.

    The Mission of Hickory Elementary Media Center staff is to help children become fluent and avid readers of stories and informational text by reading aloud and sharing excellent children’s literature and by providing high-quality materials, both printed and technical, to both students and staff.


    Listed below are some of the passages from Stephen Krashen's monumental work, The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research.

    • Children who are read to at home read more on their own.
    • Hearing stories has a direct impact on literacy development.
    • Reading improves spelling.
    • Magazine reading promotes reading.
    • Children read more when they see other people reading.
    • Light reading is how many people learn to read.
    • Reading may be the only way to develop literacy skills.
    • Larger school library collections mean higher reading scores.
    • Having a school librarian increases the number of books students read.