Chapter 13An Expanding Universe of Reading Partners

With an ever-expanding playground of educational materials being created for digital distribution, it is tempting to see digital resources as a solution to disparities. We hear it all the time: If only all children had these resources. We just need to get them more e-books. More learning games. More educational apps.

But communities and school districts could purchase more and more of these resources and still fall short. Remember the library study in Philadelphia that used the occasion of a $20 million upgrade to probe whether buying new technologies and more books would help close literacy gaps? Let us take you to the two libraries at the heart of that soon-to-be-classic study on literacy. ...

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