I work in a new school and we are needing to budget for our literacy requiements for the next two years. Our working group now have to decide what resources we need and the question arose ' So what is a baseline ratio of books per student for to effectively cover our general needs in our first year for the effective delivery of a good literacy programme?' We need to cover our shared/guided reading and home reading requirements reasonably well. So we first worked on the basis that roughly we need to cover our reading circles which would be four sets of books per level per group per month - i.e. one set per week. Then we thought that each student should also be able to take home a different book every two days for home reading. Is our thinking along the right lines? Has anyone else ever been in the situation of resourcing a literacy programme from scratch? How did you decide what you needed? What is a reasonable baseline to start with? Any help would be gratefully recieved. Thanks.