• Picture This: The Tree House by Marije and Robert Tolman

    Picture This: The Tree House by Marije and Robert Tolman0

    The Tree House (first published by Lemniscaat, Belgium, in 2009) is a wordless picture book created by the father-daughter team of Marije and Ronald Tolman. It depicts a couple of bears (and many other animals) hanging out in a treehouse that starts out in the ocean and ends up on dry land. The blurb on the

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  • More than Reading Level: The Struggle with Reluctant Readers

    More than Reading Level: The Struggle with Reluctant Readers1

    As a youth services librarian, I spend a large amount of time trying to turn teenagers into library users. Throughout my education and professional development, I’ve sat through lectures and webinars on engaging reluctant readers, generally defined as students K-12 who are uninterested in reading, particularly leisure reading. There are reading materials specialized to captivate

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  • Book that Shaped Me: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Book that Shaped Me: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban0

    When I look over the facts and the honest-to-god evidence of my childhood reading habits, the answer to the question What’s your favorite book? is clear as day: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. This is, most notably, because I literally read my copy to pieces. When I moved away from home and my

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