#Our Reading Lives

Our Reading Lives features stories about how books and reading have shaped who we are and how we live.

I Needed Phonics to Learn to Read. Other Kids Do Too.

I struggled to learn to read until I began receiving more phonics instruction in school, and I'm not alone.

How Dungeons and Dragons Got Me Through a Time I Felt Completely Helpless

One Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master speaks on the ways the game has enriched their life and gotten them through a hard time.

Books About Queer Elders Give Me Hope for the Future

I've found that I look for books about queer characters who are older than me as of late, books like Matt Cain’s The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle that assure me that it's going to be okay.

Heading to Texas with Six Weeks of Books — and Clothes, Too, I Guess

I will be living out of suitcases for six weeks, and the pressing question is: how many books do I pack — and which?

Why Comics are the Ultimate Reading Slump-Buster & Restart

When the dreaded reading slump comes around, I know just what to reach for. Here's why comics and graphic novels make a great reading reset.

Why You Should Run A 10 Day Reading Challenge

The benefits of reading are numerous, but what does it look like when school staff take on a reading challenge? One school librarian shares.

How GOOD OMENS Gave Me Hope As A Trans College Student

Good Omens didn't resolve all of the conflicts I felt. But it helped me feel less alone.

My Reading Eras: One Reader On the Books They Loved and the Ones They Pretended To

If Taylor Swift can have her eras, I can too. It took decades to click into what I enjoy reading, and the journey has taught me a lot.

“Living Books”: What Are They, and How I Use Them

Living books are a major part of certain educational philosophies, but how do you use them? One homeschooling parent explores.

Why All of My Book Clubs Have Imploded

From despotic book club leaders to mind-numbingly boring reads, here are all the reasons every book club I've enjoyed has failed.