Your library collection provides a range of resources that meets teachers' and students’ needs within and outside the curriculum.
Building an inclusive collection
Materials that support the curriculum
When choosing resources to support the curriculum, think about underlying learning area and achievement objectives, rather than specific topics. For example, if you want something on the topic of bullying, think about the curriculum area of Health and Physical Education — Relationships with other people, or if your topic is metals, consider Science — Material World.
New Zealand Curriculum: Achievement Objectives by Learning Area (pdf)
Non-fiction texts — including digital resources and magazines — are important to support the curriculum and for recreational readers who prefer real-world accounts of people, places, things, and events. They spark curiosity, help students develop a greater knowledge of the world, find out more about what interests them and what's important to them.
A balanced collection will appeal to a wide range of reader interests and abilities. Aim to include:
- literary fiction — what you might think of as contemporary and older ‘classic’ titles — as well as a broad selection of commercial mainstream fiction
- a diversity of genres, points of view, settings, themes and writing styles
- light reading as well as texts that extend and challenge readers
- a range of formats — picture books, graphic novels, novels, and perhaps digital works such as eBooks, audiobooks, and film.
Children's and youth literature
Alternative formats and sources
Instead of buying new materials, you might be able to use:
- inquiry and reading engagement loans from the National Library
- high-interest topics in the Topic Explorer on the National Library website
- websites and other materials available online, including Open Education resources that you can share with teachers.
Topic explorer guide