Sherri Winans
Whatcom Community College
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Tammy LaPlante
Children’s Literature 225
Explorations Project Report and Reflections
Spring 2010



  Explorations Project Report: Reluctant Readers

My two-part report, by screencast video:

The booklists for reluctant readers--I chose these lists because most of the titles are available through our library system:

Best Books for Reluctant Readers (Good Reads)

Best Books for Reluctant Readers 9-11 (Common Sense Media)

Books for Reluctant Readers (Monroe County Library in Indiana)

Graphic Novels for Reluctant Readers: 33 Titles (Library Journal)

Hi-Lo Books for Upper and Elementary Grades (American Library Association)




Reflections on My Reluctant Readers Exploration Project

I chose the topic of reluctant readers for my Explorations Project because it is a subject that is close to my heart. Reading is such an important part of my life, and I want that to be true for everyone. To think that there are children missing out on that joy, for any reason, simply breaks my heart. So I took this project seriously, keeping in mind that what I would learn might enable me to help someone in the future. The process was very time consuming but well worth the effort. I felt it went very well, I learned a lot, my classmates responded well to it, and I ended up with something that I could use in my work as a Youth Services Specialist. 

I am so glad that Sherri encouraged us to start thinking about this project early in the quarter. I feel that the process went well because I had so much time to put it together. And it really did take a lot of time! Most of the time I put into this project was spent researching the subject. There are so many sources for information about reluctant readers that it took a while to sift through all of it. I printed many pages from websites and made many notes. I also photocopied pages from books. When I sat down to go through all of it, it was a little intimidating, at first. Much of the information was repeated, so I started by weeding out the ones that contained information already included in other sources. I ended up with a manageable amount of great information that I was able to plug into an outline. At that point, I felt that the hardest part was over, but I was wrong about that. I was determined that I was going to keep my project to two Jings and it took a lot of time to pare my information down to what I feel is the most useful. But in the end I feel that was a very good thing because it really kept it to the point. 

I learned so much from this project! What I discovered in my research taught me some things that I didn’t know. It also showed me that I already knew a lot more than I thought and that is really gratifying. Some of the statistics were surprising, especially the one that boys are 3 times as likely to become reluctant readers. I knew that boys tend to fall into that category more than girls but having a number to put to it was eye opening. I think the one piece of information that I found the most fascinating was the success that is being had in schools, with electronic readers. The library has been discussing whether or not to start providing ebooks for children (we do for adults) and at this point have decided there isn’t enough of a need. But if schools start using them in classrooms, parents will be more likely to buy them for their kids for use at home, as well. It will be interesting to watch what happens with electronic readers in the near future. I also learned a lot about Powerpoint and Jing and I think it’s really important to mention that. I had only played around with Powerpoint in the past, and it was wonderful to create an entire presentation using it. I didn’t know that you could imbed your voice and I played around with that a little bit before I realized the problem with file size. And Jing, well I can’t say enough about that wonderful program! It’s so simple to use and useful in so many situations. I have been telling everyone about it. 

My classmates responded well to my presentation and that is so gratifying to me. My goal was to put together a presentation that is both fun to look at and full of useful information. There were many postings that gave me the impression that I had succeeded in my goal. Many of my classmates could relate to the topic from personal experience. Some were struggling readers and some were bored readers. Others could relate because of family members who were or are reluctant readers. And some are going into fields (or already are) where the information will be most useful. I liked what Helen said in her post: “We all have our different reasons for taking this class, but this topic is something that should be of importance and resonate with us all.”  

What I learned about reluctant readers will be very helpful to me in my work. It already has, really, because I was able to pass on information I learned about the success some schools are having with electronic readers, in a meeting where the topic of ebooks was being discussed. And even though I already knew much of the information I found, it is good to be reminded and to make connections between different pieces of the information. And it’s wonderful to have all of that information gathered in one document. I would like to make a presentation at one of our Public Services staff meetings in the future.  

All in all, I am grateful for the opportunity (or maybe I should say excuse) to research a topic that is important to me and to be able to share it with others. I doubt that it would have happened if not for this class. And I am left with a great feeling of satisfaction. Thank you.


Copyright 2010
Tammy La Plante


Funded through the U.S. Dept. of Education, Title III Grant PO31A980143
Sherri Winans, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA