Date Approved

5-13-2000

Embargo Period

6-22-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Willett, Holly G.

Subject(s)

Children--Books and reading; Sex differences (Psychology) in children; Sixth grade (Education)

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

This study compared what sixth graders like to read for pleasure by gender with the collection of the Voorhees New Jersey Middle School media center. An interest survey was given to 105 sixth-grade students. A sample of the Voorhees Middle School library was done. A comparison of the two analyzed what is available in the library with what the students like to read. The influence of the Harry Potter books on recreational reading was also studied. This study showed that males and females have favorable attitudes towards recreational reading and enjoy both fiction and nonfiction as well as a variety of genres and topics. The Harry Potter series had a positive effect on how much students like to read for pleasure. For the most part, the VMS library accommodates the reading needs of the students.

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