"We become what we think about most of the time."
At Tree House Books our mission is to nurture healthy reading identities. Our objectives are to provide access to high quality books, foster healthy attitudes towards reading, promote an awareness and appreciation of African-American culture through books, and support people, especially children, as they make meaning of text.
Our Theory of Change is that books are one of the best ways for people to develop a more expansive self-concept -- researchers call this phenomenon "experience-taking" -- and that when we expand the self-concept through long-term literacy engagement, then the skills that are developed along the way can be applied to all aspects of a person’s intellectual, emotional, and cultural development.
What makes us unique is that we engage our community through enabling text which moves beyond a strictly academic focus, and includes a social, emotional, and cultural focus, and moves the reader closer to examining issues they find relevant to their lives.