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Wahpeton Literacy Coalition

Established as part of the N.D. Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant program, the WLC focuses on family and community engagement to improve literacy skills of children from birth through Grade 12.

Wahp Reads: Community Book Club

Join us in March and April as we read incredible stories of resiliency. Students, parents, and community members are all invited to read one or all of the books!

Wahpeton Reads Book ClubThe Club

Wahp Reads: Community Book Club is a FREE program for all ages that focuses on community-wide reading of resilience-themed books. We aim to foster inclusive conversations and organize related events and activities for students, parents, and community members.

The Books

The books will be distributed to students through the schools beginning mid-March and will be available for community pick up at the Wahpeton Public Schools, Leach Public Library, and Dakota Coffee.

Starting May 3 — Resilience Walks

Picture of the sign.Check out the Wahp Reads Resilience Walks – one on the bike path east of Chahinkapa Pool and another along 11th Ave from the Northside Fire Department to Circle of Nations where there's a charming Little Library to share and discover new reads. 

As you walk, the prompts encourage reflection on the Wahp Reads stories and your own resilience.

On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life

by John O'Leary

Grade 9 – Adult

Book Cover of On FireWhen John O’Leary was nine years old, he was almost killed in a devastating house fire. With burns on one hundred percent of his body, O’Leary mustered an almost unimaginable amount of inner strength just to survive the ordeal. The insights he gained through this experience and the heroes who stepped into his life to help him through the journey—his family, the medical staff, and total strangers—changed his life. Now he is committed to living life to the fullest and inspiring others to do the same.


An incredible and emotionally honest account of triumph over tragedy, On Fire contains O’Leary’s reflections on being that little boy, the life-giving choices made then, and the resulting lessons he learned. O’Leary very clearly shares that without the right people providing the right guidance, at the right time, he never would have made it through those five months in the hospital, let alone the years that followed as he struggled to regain mobility, embrace his story, and ignite clarity of his life’s purpose.



Chapters 1-3 Discussion
Tuesday, April 9
5-6 p.m.
Leach Public Library, Wahpeton
Chapters 4-7 Discussion
Tuesday, April 23
5-6 p.m.
Leach Public Library, Wahpeton
All are welcome!

The Running Dream

by Wendelin Van Draanen

Grades 6 – 8

Book Cover The Running Dream

Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She’s not comforted by the news that she’ll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run? As she struggles to cope, Jessica feels that she’s both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don’t know what to say act like she’s not there. Jessica’s embarrassed to realize that she’s done the same to a girl with CP named Rosa. A girl who is going to tutor her through all the math she’s missed. A girl who sees right into the heart of her.


With the support of family, friends, a coach, and her track teammates, Jessica may actually be able to run again. But that’s not enough for her now. She doesn’t just want to cross finish lines herself—she wants to take Rosa with her.


Pages 1-158 Discussion
Tuesday, April 9
5-6 p.m.
Leach Public Library, Wahpeton
Pages 159-332 Discussion
Tuesday, April 23
5-6 p.m.
Leach Public Library, Wahpeton
All are welcome!


by Gary Paulsen

Grades 3 – 5

Book Cover of Hatchet

Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson, haunted by his secret knowledge of his mother’s infidelity, is traveling by single-engine plane to visit his father for the first time since the divorce. When the plane crashes, killing the pilot, the sole survivor is Brian. He is alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother had given him as a present.


At first consumed by despair and self-pity, Brian slowly learns survival skills—how to make a shelter for himself, how to hunt and fish and forage for food, how to make a fire—and even finds the courage to start over from scratch when a tornado ravages his campsite. When Brian is finally rescued after fifty-four days in the wild, he emerges from his ordeal with new patience and maturity, and a greater understanding of himself and his parents.

Watch for fun Hatchet-themed activities throughout April on
Turn in your completed reading tracker to the Wahpeton Elementary School office by May 1 to be entered into a special drawing.

Magic Tree House – #1 Dinosaurs Before Dark & #2 The Knight at Dawn

by Mary Pope Osborne

pre-K – Grade 2

Book Cover of The Magic Tree House

Magic. Mystery. Time-travel. Get whisked back in time in the magic tree house with Jack and Annie!


Book #1: Where did the tree house come from? Before Jack and Annie can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric past. Now they have to figure out how to get home. Can they do it before dark…or will they become a dinosaur’s dinner?


Book #2: A castle with a secret passage! That's what Jack and Annie find when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the Middle Ages for another wild adventure. In the Great Hall of the castle, a feast is under way. But Jack and Annie aren't exactly welcome guests!


Experience Magic Tree House hands-on fun at the Week of the Young Child event!
Tuesday, April 9
5-7 p.m.
Wahpeton Community Center
Wrap up your adventure with the Magic Medallion Hunt.
Week of April 22
Watch for details on
Turn in your completed reading tracker to the Wahpeton Elementary School or Zimmerman Elementary School offices by May 1 to be entered into a special drawing.

  • August 16: Kick-off Back to School Bash
  • November 15: The Truth About Reading documentary screening and panel discussion
  • Spring 2024: Wahp Reads: Community Book Club
  • Kristi Maas – Early Learning
  • Chandra Muller – Zimmerman
  • Elizabeth Mauch – Wahpeton Elementary School 1/2/Special Education/Title
  • Ashley Fliflet – Wahpeton Elementary School 3-5
  • Hannah Moerke – Elective
  • Leah Baukol – Wahpeton Middle School
  • Anita Tooley – Wahpeton High School
  • Lataya Lunneborg – Junior Class Student Representative
  • Leah DeVries – Senior Class Student Representative
  • Vicky Schafer – Parent/Community
  • Dana Anderson – Public Relations
  • Kristi Mahrer – CLSD Secondary Representative
  • Briley Speich – CLSD Early Learning and Elementary Representative