Children’s and YA literature is rich and diverse, spanning multiple styles and genre. Increase your knowledge and understanding of genres, find resources and explore strategies for increasing your students’ reading enjoyment.
Your school library and its staff offer many ways to support you as a teacher, ranging from information (digital and print) to support inquiry learners, to a wide range of literary genres from read-alouds to graphic novels and young adult titles. Explore our online resources for learning, and our many other services.
Our services and resources
Borrow classroom resources from our collection of books, DVD and CDs.
Resources for learning
Explore our range of digital resources to support learning.
Services to Schools provides a range of courses to help you ignite your students’ passion for reading and learning.
In a world grappling with rapid changes in technology and access to information, Digital citizenship focuses on developing the skills and competencies educators and students need to be responsible, safe and digitally literate. The National Library - Services to Schools, has identified seven key themes we think are important to the development of effective digital citizens.
The range of tools, technologies and the skills to support inquiry learning continue to evolve. Content here includes guidance on re-use and remixing of digital content, supporting inquiry in a Māori context, content curation, and much more.
School staff, school and public libraries, and families form the community of support needed to create readers. While reading is often private, it is also social as people share, discuss and review what they read within and across communities.
Explore strategies for use in school libraries, classrooms and across the curriculum to support and create engaged and motivated readers.
- Librarian's role in creating readers
- NCEA English - strategies for library and teacher collaboration
- Reading and writing: National Standards and the school library
- Arranging library fiction by genre
- Helping students choose books for reading pleasure
- Book clubs
- Reading aloud
- Classroom strategies teachers use to create readers
- Teachers using the library
As a teacher, you are able to draw not only on the expertise of the school librarian, but find out more about the available range of resources to support reading and learning among your Māori and Pasifika students.
Summer reading is an important activity for children and teens to help prevent the ‘summer slide’ in reading levels. However, they need schools, school libraries, public libraries, families and whānau working together to provide support, encouragement and access to enjoyable reading material.
- Summer reading: a strategic approach
- The summer slide and summer reading research
- Schools supporting summer reading
- Families supporting summer reading
- School libraries supporting summer reading
- Teachers supporting summer reading
- Public libraries supporting summer reading
- Planning a summer reading initiative in your school
- Summer reading: measuring the impact
- Sail into Summer Reading Programme
Reading for pleasure is the key to lifelong learning. Schools with a reading culture value, model and talk about reading for pleasure. They are places where staff and students read and are encouraged to read at school and at home.
- Student reading interests
- Reader-friendly policies
- Reader-friendly environments
- Engaging teens with reading
- Libraries supporting Māori readers
- Reading for pleasure — a door to success
- Tween readers – keeping them motivated
- Reading promotion
- Boys and reading
- A school-wide reading culture
- School staff as readers