Why We Will Have No Library

2019-06-25 Nick Bowley

Reading is one of the building blocks that leads to a successful life. The act of reading happens every day, even in very young children who have not yet mastered reading skills. They read signs, such as no smoking signs and the red or green man on pedestrian crossings, they read people’s faces looking for emotional clues and they read the pictures in books to determine what the book is about. 


These pre-reading skills, that are fundamental to more complex reading skills they will learn at school, demonstrate to us that children are keen readers from a very young age, and this eagerness must be cultivated appropriately to ensure growing, successful readers for the future.

Reading is fundamentally something we do to gain information, but it is also something that can be done for fun or pleasure. Combining these two aspects is key in guaranteeing active and prolific readers who read for fun, getting lost in the imaginary world of a novel, or read to understand the world around them by reading a newspaper or a research journal. 

The research is very clear: reading increases literacy far more than any other skill. Through reading children learn the art of linguistics and how to use language appropriately: they learn new vocabulary and spelling, how illustrations convey meaning, how grammar works within a language, how to develop their imagination, how to write for different audiences and different purposes, and the list goes on.

Why isn’t there a library at YueCheng Courtyard Kindergarten?

What better way to encourage this than by having a“books everywhere” environment   where access to books is ongoing, fully present and not timetabled?

At YueCheng Courtyard Kindergarten, our whole school is a library with our ‘books everywhere’ approach.  A whole range of books line the corridors and are present in open but connected learning spaces, ready to be used for research when a wondering question pops up.

The reading nooks with soft cushions, rugs and cuddly toys encourage relaxation and relationship building through reading. The stage inspires storytelling and creativity as children act out stories they have read or created themselves. 

The books outside support children’s interests as they investigate nature but also strengthens the love of reading no matter where they are or what they are doing. Children are able to take books home on a daily basis and exchange them whenever they wish to do so.

As choice and autonomy are key principles at our kindergarten to empower our children’s learning, we want to ensure that this is applied to all aspects of daily school life, especially with reading. Our children have books everywhere to foster this passion for reading and to encourage research at the exact time they need to find answers, rather than waiting.