"Choose to Read Ohio encourages Ohioans to Read Together, Read Ohio, Read for Life!"
What is "Choose to Read Ohio"?
Choose to Read Ohio is a reading and literacy advocacy program designed to "encourage Ohioans of all ages to read and enjoy books together." This program is administered by the State Library of Ohio who is supported by a number of partner organizations including the Ohioana Library Association and the Ohio Center for the Book. Ohio authors and illustrators are highlighted in these biennial reading lists. More information and reading lists can be found on the State Library of Ohio's website.
How can I use Choose to Read Ohio books in the classroom?
Choose to Read Ohio is a valuable program for families and educators because it goes much deeper than a simple reading list. The State Library of Ohio produces an Educators' Tipsheet which includes valuable information about each book such as lexile scores, activity ideas for extension and integration, and unique Ohio Learning Standard connections. Additionally, each individual book has an accompanying toolkit which can be accessed by clicking on the image of the book from the main page for the Choose to Read Ohio program. The State Library of Ohio describes the toolkits as follows;
CTRO readers’ toolkits enhance the reading experience, with author biographies and photos, book summaries, discussion questions, related projects and activities, and links to entertaining, educational texts and websites.
Can I borrow Choose to Read Ohio books from Bierce Library?
Yes! We have most of the Choose to Read Ohio children's books in the Curriculum Center or available via request from the Wayne campus library. A large portion of these books are made available via grant funding (Celebrating Ohio Book Awards & Authors) from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and State Library of Ohio. Simply search "Choose to Read Ohio" in the Bierce Library catalog to find books in our collection that are part of the program.