Looking to Start Your Own Research?

Looking to continue your own personal research into literacy in low-income (Title 1) schools?

Here is a complete list of the resources we found, some we were able to use in our individual blog posts, and others we used to gain a foundation on what we wanted to discuss, but were unable to use within specific posts:


Barack, L. (2014). In Idaho, School’s Open for Summer. School Library Journal, 60(3), 35. Retrieved from: http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/loginurl=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eft&AN=94674424&site=ehost-live

Comber, B. (2001). Critical literacy finds a ‘place’: Writing and social action in a low income Australian grade 2/3 classroom. Elementary School Journal, 101(4), 451-465.

Dowling, S., (1997). Brooklyn Cinderella, or the True Story of Transforming P.S. 3. School Library Journal, 43(5), 24-28. Retrieved from http://www.worldcat.org/title/brooklyn-cinderella-or-the-true-story-of-transforming-ps-3/oclc/427128350&referer=brief_results

Hunsinger, V. (2015). School librarians as equity warriors. Knowledge Quest, 44(1), 10-14.

Jacobson, L. (2015). A Bridge to Literacy. School Library Journal, 61(11), 28-33.

Jacobson, L., (2016). Many Low-Income Families “Under-Connected” to Internet, Survey Finds. School Library Journal. Retrieved from http://www.slj.com/2016/02/feature-articles/many-low-income-families-under-connected-to-internet-survey-finds/

Jones, J. L. & Zambone, A. M. (2008). The role of the media specialist to improve academicachievement and strengthen at-risk youth. Library Media Connection, 26(7), 30-32.

Knapp, N. F. (2013). Cougar readers: Piloting a library-based intervention for strugglingreaders. School Libraries Worldwide, 19(1), 72-90.

Kozol, J. (2012). The other america: Giving our poorest children the same opportunities as our richest. School Library Journal. Retrieved from http://www.slj.com/2012/08/literacy/the-other-america-giving-our-poorest-children-the-same-opportunities-as-our-richest/

Minkel, J. (n.d.). The Home Library Effect: Transforming At-Risk Readers. Education Week. Retrieved from http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2012/06/12/tln_minkel.html

Morris, R. (2012). Find where you fit in the Common Core, or the time I forgot about librarians and reading. Teacher Librarian, 39(5), 8-12.

Nelson, J. and Ingraham Dwyer, J. (2015). What the public librarian wishes the school librarian knew. Children & Libraries: The Journal of the Association of Library Service to Children, 13(4), 26-27.


Neuman, S. B., & Celano, D. (2006). The knowledge gap: Implications of leveling the playing field for low-income and middle-income children. Reading Research Quarterly, 41(2), 176-201.

Pribesh, S., Gavigan, K., and Dickinson, G. (2011). The access gap: Poverty and characteristics of school library media centers. Library Quarterly, 81(2), 143-160.


LDC: Literacy Matters. (2012, June 5).


Rethinking Literacy, Voices from The Literacy Design Collaborative. (2011, July 11).

School Libraries Matter: The Changing Role of the School Librarian. (2014, October 22).

Students turn food trucks into mobile libraries. (2013, December 16).

Teacher Librarians at The Heart of Student Learning. (2009, January 9).

What Does it Mean to Be Literate in the 21st Century? (2009, January 21).

Additional Texts

(2004). Title I – Improving the academic achievement of the disadvantaged. Retrieved from http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/pg1.html

American Association of School Librarians, (1998). Information power: Building partnerships for learning. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Eames, A., (2013). Summer Reading and the Rich/Poor Achievement Gap | An Educator Responds to Questions. School Library Journal. Retrieved from http://www.slj.com/2013/06/interviews/summer-reading-and-the-richpoor-achievement-gap-an-educator-responds-to-questions/

Gretes, F. (2013). School library impacts studies: A review of findings and guide to sources. http://www.baltimorelibraryproject.org/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/09/Library-Impact-Studies.pdf

Gwyer, R., Stubbings, R. & Walton, G., (2012). The road to information literacy. Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter Saur.

Howe, R. B., (2013). Education in the best interests of the child: A children’s rights perspective on closing the achievement gap. Toronto, Ontario, CA: University of Toronto Press.

Johnson, K., (2016). Ohio Storytime Turns Into Life-Changing Program for Low-income Families. School Library Journal. Retrieved from: http://www.slj.com/2016/02/feature-articles/ohio-storytime-turns-into-life-changing-program-for-low-income-families/

Johnson, L., & Donham, J. (2012). Reading by Grade Three: How Well Do School Library Circulation Policies Support Early Reading? Teacher Librarian, 40(2), 8-12.

Krashen, S. (2011). Protecting students against the effects of poverty: Libraries. New England Reading Association Journal, 46(2), 17-21.

Lance, K. C. and Hofschire, L. (2012). School librarian staffing linked with gains in student achievement, 2005-2011. Teacher Librarian, 39(6), 15-19.

McKeown, C. A. (Producer). (2003). Connecting School and Home [Video file]. Annenberg Learner. Retrieved from Education in Video: Volume I. https://search-alexanderstreet-com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/view/work/1840491

Slavin, R. (2011). Effective reading programs in title 1 schools. Best Education. Retrieved from http://www.bestevidence.org/word/white_paper_Feb_2011.pdf

Springen, K., (2014). How to Create a Knockout Summer Literacy Program. School Library Journal. Retrieved from: http://www.slj.com/2014/03/programs/how-to-create-a-knockout-summer-literacy-program/

Sumerford, S. (1997). Creating a community of readers to fight functional illiteracy. American Libraries, 28, 44-48.

Tepe, L. (2013). Rebuilding a culture of literacy in schools. New America. Retrieved from https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/rebuilding-a-culture-of-literacy-in-schools

The Poverty Gap [Video file]. (2007). Teachers TV/UK Department of Education. Retrieved from Education in Video: Volume I. https://search-alexanderstreet-com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/ediv/view/work/1781668

Tyson, K. (2013). 25 ways schools can promote literacy and independent reading. Teacher Thought. Retrieved from http://www.teachthought.com/uncategorized/25-ways-schools-can-promote-literacy-independent-reading/

Warning, P., & Henri, J. (2012). The School Librarian in Rural China: A Stranger Among Her People. Library and Information Science in Developing Countries: Contemporary Issues, 108-124. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. doi:10.4018/978-1-61350-335-5.ch009

Good luck!

-Elisabeth, Jeana, Kara, & Kendra-