Library That Looks Like Me
Valley Ranch Elementary
Jodi Schleter, Amanda Goss, Amber Hayes, Karlye Hopson, Ashley LaPaglia and Kim Schrader

Our class libraries do not adequately reflect the diversity of the children reading the books. 80% of our school demographic is Asian with at least 29 different languages spoken at home. Emerging readers (as well as proficient ones) need to connect with the books they read. When a reader sees characters that they identify with culturally, physically, etc. they feel valued and valuable.  These feelings of belonging are essential to create a safe learning environment for all learners to thrive emotionally and academically.  An extension of our read-aloud library would greatly benefit our learners, especially English Language Learners, allowing them to have multiple opportunities to revisit books that educators previously read aloud to them during Literacy to develop connections. Revisiting books is vital to English Language Learners as they normally need repetition to truly gain the knowledge and learn to appreciate and love literature. American born learners along with their immigrant counterparts will gain a better understanding of their friends as they become global learners as they are exposed to new stories from other regions of the world.  A culturally diverse class library provides limitless possibilities to connect our learners to their world, each other, and help build a true world community while learning all the essential Literacy skills that prepare them for their future readiness.
200 S. Denton Tap Road
Coppell, TX 75019

Phone: 214.496.6054
Fax: 214.496.6036
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