Fight Against Readicide!

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture, just get people to stop reading them.” -Ray Bradbury

READICIDE noun, the systematic killing of the love of reading, often exacerbated by the inane, mind-numbing practices found in schools (Galligher, 2009)

Reasons for Readicide:

  1. A Curriculum Steeped in Multiple-Choice Test Preparation Drives Shallow Teaching and Learning
  1. Rather Than Lift Up Struggling Readers, an Emphasis on Multiple-Choice Test Preparation Ensures That Struggling Readers Will Continue to Struggle.  Test Preparation Plays a Large Part in Maintaining “Apartheid Schools.”

Fight against Readicide  with…


  • Student Input in Reading Selections
  • Allow Time
  • Set aside a Place
  • Provide Resources
  • Give Access
  • Allocation of Funds
  • Modeling  by teachers- everyone reads!


  • Media Center Access
  • Personalizing
  • Conversations About What Students Read
  • ISE Days
  • Beyond School Day
  • Priority
  • Discourse
  • Content


Shift the attitude by having everyone READ for pleasure everyday schoolwide!

Ask students, teachers, & principals:

  • What book are you reading right now?
  • What is your favorite type of book?
  • Who is your favorite author?
  • What would you like to read next?
All of us are in this war together!  Model a love for reading daily!

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