In this study, science trade books from the libraries of 10 elementary schools across the United States were evaluated using the modified Hunsader rubric for their overall quality pertaining to science content, literacy, and critical literacy criteria. Findings indicate that 62% of the books met the overall science content criterion, 99% met the overall literacy criterion, and 41% met the overall critical literacy criterion. The majority of science trade books in each school were life science books, and the majority of books across all schools were 18–23 years old, with many being much older. Implications and recommendations are provided.
Watson, S. W., & Baker, S. F. (2021). Elementary School Library Collections: A Content Analysis of Science Trade Books. Reading Horizons: A Journal of Literacy and Language Arts, 60 (2). Retrieved from https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol60/iss2/5
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