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— Kathy Lavers; First/Second/Third-Grade Teacher; Scotsburn Elementary School; Scotsburn, Nova Scotia
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— Janice McNulty; Kindergarten Teacher; Brindlewood Elementary; Flower Round, Texas
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— Melissa Johnson; Clarendon Elementary School; Portland, Oregon
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— Koteah Vacen; Third-Grade Teacher; Florence MacDougall Community School; High Level, Alberta
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— Gwendolyn Kornegay; First-Grade Teacher; Petree Elementary; Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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— Maureen Halsall; First-Grade Teacher; Strathcona Elementary School; British Columbia, Canada
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— Nancy Fox; Second-Grade Teacher; Southampton Elementary; Richmond, Virginia
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— Ann Clark
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— Cathy Allen; Second-Grade Teacher
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— Amy Smith; Second-Grade Teacher
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— Leslie Steele; First-Grade Teacher; Chicago Public Schools
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— Monica Alderman; First-Grade Teacher; Truman Moon Primary Center; Middletown, New York
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— Glenda Hendrickson; First-Grade Teacher
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— Donna Gibbs; First-Grade Teacher
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— ChrisDolan; Retired First-Grade Teacher; East Lansing Public Schools; East Lansing, Michigan
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— Carol Terry; Academy Park Elementary; West Valley City; Utah
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— Cynthia Varamo; First-Grade Teacher; Saint Joseph Catholic Academy
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— Brenda Trott; First-Grade Teacher; David E. Norman Elementary School; Ely, Nevada
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— Mary Jo Sheets; Second-Grade Teacher; Lakeview School; Greenwood, South Carolina
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— Patricia Winrow; Downholland Haskayne CE Primary School; Lancashire, England
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— Michael Lambert; Hong Kong International School; Repulse Bay, Hong Kong
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— Susan May; Kindergarten Teacher; Harlan Elementary School; Florence, Alabama
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— Michelle Williams; Fifth-Grade Bilingual Teacher; Grand Rapids, Michigan
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— Kelley Steinley; Kindergarten Teacher; Klein ISD; Klein, Texas
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— Jean Hoerr; Elementary ESL Teacher K-6; North Penn School District; Lansdale, Pennslyvania
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— Helen Coish; Third- and Fourth-Grade Teacher; Glenelm School, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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— Karen Campione; Primary Special Education Teacher; Rhodes School; River Grove, Illinois
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— Heather Bell-Williams; Resource and Methods Teacher/Vice-Principal; Milltown Elementary School; St. Stephen, NB Canada
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— Cherry Carl; Reading Specialist and University Instructor at the University of California; San Diego
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— Harumi Chiba; English Teacher, Tokyo, Japan
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— P.L.Gannon; Learning Support Teacher
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— Sara Lundh, Kindergarten Teacher, Garrett Primary, Lufkin , TX
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— Ms. W. Woodworth; Chatfield Elementary School; Grand Junction, CO
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— Sheryl Sanford; Pittsford Area Schools; Pittsford, MI
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— Dianna Esh; Pioneer Elementary; Glendale, AZ
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— Sharon Alexie
"In any classroom, there are so many different interests and abilities. I have always struggled to find materials that were relevant, interesting, and appropriately leveled. Thanks to you, I am now able to find materials that help all my students feel like successful readers."
— Beverley Holoboff; Third-Grade Teacher; Grand Centre Elementary School; Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada
"I want to thank you for the successes your books have brought to my students. They love to work toward the next level. And because the level is clearly labeled at the top of each book, they feel immediate success when their level has changed. The books are very interesting and lots of fun!"
— Melanie Knoll; Second-Grade Teacher; Franklin Elementary School; Marshalltown, IA
"I have thoroughly enjoyed the books and worksheets. I am working with one child in particular who is thoroughly enjoying each story. And it is working for him where our other basal reading program has not."
— Janet Cheney; Teacher - Grade 1; Wessagusset Primary School; Weymouth, MA
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— Jeanne West; Second Grade Language Arts Teacher; B.F.Williams Elem. School; Virginia Beach, VA
"I love the site and am in the process of downloading leveled reading books. My kids love them. I make a dozen copies and laminate them. The school doesn't have enough money for lots of these books, so your site enables me to supply my students with books that they can successfully read and enjoy. The lesson plans are wonderful, the worksheets fun to do. Thanks again for making this site available. It's well worth the money."
— Jody E. Sherman; Teacher Kindergarten; Riverland Elementary School; Fort Lauderdale, FL
"Your illustrators/artists are fabulous, and the authors are wonderful. Each story is so enriching both as a story and as a collection of visual aids. I teach first grade, and this year I also teach a daily 30-minute lesson to levels 2 and 3 language learners. They love the visual pictures and cute stories. The new high frequency set is super!"
— Kathleen Constantineau; Teacher of Almost 20 Years
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— Alexandra Caso-Gustafson; Kindergarten Teacher; College of Franklin Delano Roosevelt; American School of Lima; Lima, Peru
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— Sarah Motte-Harrison; Teacher; European School of Trieste; Trieste, Italy
"Awesome nursery rhymes! I hope you keep adding new rhymes each month. They're wonderful for developing phonemic awareness."
— Tom Stahly; First-Grade Teacher; Decker Elementary School; Clark County School District; Las Vegas, NV
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a. basic manuscript font
b. large print
c. repetition of basic sight words
d. entertaining story content
e. good spacing between words
f. word count indicated for each story
g. RR level correlation
h. numbered pages
Thanks so much and kudos to your staff for the great resource."
— Mary St. John; Reading Resource Teacher; Greene County Primary School; Standardsville, VA
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— Helmi Leyden; St Joseph's School; Northam, Western Australia
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— Suzie Williams; John Reed Elementary; Rohnert Park, CA
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— Naomi Inouye; Literacy Enhancement Program; Kamehameha Schools; Honolulu, HI
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— Lauren Mertz; Title 1 Teacher; Lincoln Elementary School; St. Charles, MO
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— Juliet Blake Shagoury; Title 1 Reading Teacher; Helen Thompson School; West Gardiner, ME
"I have been using your programme in my grade 2 classroom for the past year. I have told all the other teachers at school, and these books have filled a large gap in our reading programme. They fit beautifully with our phonics-based reading and word building."
— Joy Ribbans; Century Montessori School; Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
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— Shelley Simonsen; Portland, OR
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— Suzanne C. Martin, M.Ed.; Sterling Elementary School; Sterling, AK
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— Dana Getsinger; Hugger Elementary School; Rochester Community Schools; Rochester Hills, MI
"I use your materials with my students daily, and I work diligently to convince my administrators that we need a school/group license. Because I firmly believe in the rights of those in business, I will not share my copies or my downloads with colleagues. Thanks again for wonderful resources that have helped me move my students ahead by giving them books to take home each night for additional reading."
— Trudy Honeycutt; Kindergarten Teacher; Svante Palm Elementary School; Austin, TX
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— Jean Gill; Austin, TX
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— Stacey Turner; Lakeview Elementary School; Memphis, TN
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— Marylou Bridgewater; recently retired teacher
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— Carol T. Shipley; Christian Academy of Knoxville (TN)
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— Amy Williams; second grade; Westlawn Elementary School; Falls Church, VA
"I am working on the first five books of your fantastic series Tommy Tales. I have made a Power Point presentation for every book, and I am preparing worksheets using Tommy Tales as context. When the children saw Tommy and his friends on the screen, they were delighted and highly motivated. We also downloaded the books and read the story together in class, and the children read it at home."
— C. Degabriele; primary school; Malta
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— Michael Lambert; Hong Kong International School
"I am constantly thrilled whenever I take a look at your site and find useful, beautifully drawn pages for my pupils. Your work can never be fully appreciated unless someone, like me, has been brought up with no English books, no dictionary, and no cassettes. Now everything is different. When I see how much you care and how enormous an effort you make to serve children, parents, and teachers, words fail me. I have been using your resources for quite some time, and I feel bold to say there is no comparable site. I believe the people from the so-called former Eastern Block highly appreciate your endeavor."
— Wieslawa Ferlacka; Poland
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— Valerie M Young; Cornhill First School; Cornhill on Tweed, Northumberland, UK
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— Lisa Graeme; first-grade teacher; Colonel Johnston Elementary School; Ft. Huachuca, AZ
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— Gail Altman Miller; Greenwood Elementary School; Louisville, KY
"I was searching the Internet for some reading material for my second-grade class when I stumbled onto your Web site. I could not believe what was there. I had attended an early literacy workshop and was anxious to begin a Four Block reading program in my classroom. I thought I would first look on the Internet because at the workshop there were two other Web sites mentioned, but neither one of them compare to your site. I called the primary division teachers to a meeting to share the Web site, and they were excited. My principal was supportive, and when he mentioned the Web site during the principals' meeting, they also expressed interest. So your Web site is being passed on big-time. There is a great deal of work put into this site, and I thank you very much."
— Ann Harkness; Murray Centennial school; Trenton, Ontario, Canada
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— Julie Lucas
"I am very pleased to hear that you are going to be adding stories about Native Americans. I work in a Canadian inner-city school with a majority of aboriginal students, and we are constantly looking for easy books in this area. As our First Nation population continues to increase, the need and the demand will only get larger."
— Brenda Weisbrot; Albert Community School; Regina, Saskatchewan
"I discovered your site last year, subscribed, and began using the leveled books with my third-grade class. What an incredible resource! I am using the books to give the children practice in re-reading a text to promote fluency. They can hardly wait to get their new book each week. It has been a teacher's dream to have access to books on all of my kids' independent reading levels so that they can achieve success in gaining the fluency."
— Deena Funk; Meridian, ID
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— Amy E. Mamerow; St. Matthew's Lutheran School
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