We believe that...
Developing a love of reading nurtures a lifetime of growth.
Reading is a life-long skill meant to be enjoyed. Reading independently with support builds confidence and enjoyment.
Readers learn and relate to books in a wide variety of ways.
Creating content that engages the senses, the imagination, and critical thinking reaches
learners at all levels. Being able to personally connect to text and characters in
meaningful ways increases engagement, excitement, and enjoyment.
Representation in literature fosters empathy, understanding, and acceptance.
Readers need to see themselves reflected in books (mirrors), to be able to see into worlds
beyond their own (windows), and to have a conduit through which to experience those
different worlds and ideas (doors). * Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop
Thinking critically requires effort, creativity, and courage.
Interacting with a text using comprehension skills (summarizing, inferring, predicting, questioning, visualizing, and connecting) refines critical thinking. This helps readers develop opinions, analyze ideas, solve problems, and draw accurate conclusions.
Reading is fun.
Getting lost in a story, relating to a character, and being inspired by an author has the power to transform our everyday experience.