Library media specialists are in a unique position that allows them to play a vital role in promoting the importance of reading among all learners. The Kentucky Bluegrass Award and Read Across America are two reading programs the library media specialist may want to offer to students.
Kentucky Bluegrass Award - The purpose of the Kentucky Bluegrass Award is to encourage the students of Kentucky in grades K through 12 to read quality children's literature. The KBA is one of approximately 45 state children's choice awards nationwide. All Kentucky public and private schools as well as public libraries are welcome to participate in the program.
Read Across America - Started in 1998 as a way to get kids excited about reading, NEA's Read Across America has become the nation's largest reading event. The year-round program culminates each year on or near Dr. Seuss's birthday (March 2).
AASL Position Statement on the School Librarian’s Role in Reading - Reading is a foundational skill for 21st-century learners. Guiding learners to become engaged and effective users of ideas and information and to appreciate literature requires that they develop as strategic readers who can comprehend, analyze, and evaluate text in both print and digital formats. Learners must also have opportunities to read for enjoyment as well as for information. School librarians are in a critical and unique position to partner with other educators to elevate the reading development of our nation’s youth. (Excerpt from AASL Position Statement, 2012)