Reflections

When Is It Okay to Mess with the Classics?

An upcoming retelling of Jane Eyre seems, at the very least, ill-advised. But why? Just because of our prejudices? Four or five years ago, I ...
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I am NOT a Reader

I am not a reader. I am not a writer, despite childhood ambition. I am not a knitter, though I used to claim that identity. ...
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Stress Reading is a Thing (for Kids, too)

Too Tired to Read? You've likely heard of "stress baking." Have you thought about "stress reading"? Essentially, it's reading differently because you're stressed. Some will ...
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Epic Poetry: Learning to Read–and Enjoy–It in 5 Steps

Epic Poetry in School Do you remember reading (or being assigned to read) one of the following in school? The IliadThe OdysseyThe AeneidBeowulf Your teacher ...
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A Family Easter

What were you doing last February? Possibly, after Valentine’s Day passed and stores cleared their shelves for St. Patrick’s, you were seeing some Easter chicks ...
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A Literary Hospital Mission Field

A month ago my mother was taken to the hospital with a serious infection and blood poisoning. The former threatened a sobering 80% mortality rate; ...
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Ordinary Hazards by Nikki Grimes: a Discussion

Every now and then we read a book that seems to warrant more than a standard review—even a starred one. That was Janie and Betsy’s ...
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Books We Loved

Ever wondered what it's like to listen in on our conversations? Here's a chance! Hayley, Janie, and Betsy talk about some of their favorite books ...
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