It Takes a Village to Raise a Reader (2005)

Building Literacy Across Generations

For over ten years, Project L.O.V.E. (Let Older Volunteers Educate) has brought together senior volunteers and elementary grade students in Prince Edward Island schools for the purpose of reading books and enjoying a shared literacy experience. In this research report, the authors examine the impact of Project L.O.V.E. on elementary children’s literacy development in Prince Edward Island. Two major questions guided the entire project: 1) What literacy and social benefits do Project L.O.V.E. volunteers contribute to the development of elementary students? and 2) What aspects of Project L.O.V.E. could be changed to make the contributions volunteers make to student’s literacy and social well-being more extensive and more generally applicable?

This is a comprehensive report that includes background information on project L.O.V.E and past studies, research design and methods, current research, social benefits of the project for both students and seniors, as well as literacy benefits for students.

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Ray Doiron and Jessie Lees. It Takes a Village to Raise a Reader 2005. Web. 4 Dec. 2022 <>
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