Friese, E. E. G. (2008). Popular culture in the school library: Enhancing literacies traditional and new. School Libraries Worldwide, 14(2), 68-82. Retrieved from http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lls&AN=502950913&site=ehost-live&scope=site
Friese argues that buying pop culture books, including books on Sponge Bob, X-men, Disney princesses, etc., which educators often write of as not “literary,” actually encourages reading, comprehension and a variety of literacies. She gives six specific reasons including the significant role pop culture plays in reaching today’s learners, as well as building both traditional and 21st century literacies.
I like the idea of students seeing the school library as “a place for me” as well as giving them choice and encouraging a love of reading for fun, not just as an educational endeavour, but I think this sort of reasoning could also be taken too far to the other extreme as well.