What HAPPY Reading Has for Me

Reading with comprehension is considered real reading by most. Reading without fluency has a pretty slim chance of leading to comprehension. We welcome the opportunity to help you find the smooth path to smooth reading for your learners.

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Permanent Article
The Concise Science of Reading

Five Pillars of Reading-- Article

Pillar 3, pages 5 and 6

Monthly Article

Though they won't all deal directly with fluency, some will. These articles are located on the Resources page, immediately below the calendar area.

School-Wide Reading
Current Article-If You Build It Up, They Will Read (Connecticut)
Surrogate Librarian
Current Article-Books on Wheels (Illinois)
Book-Inspired Art
Current Article-The Snowball Effect (Michigan)
Books As Bridges
Current Article-Blanketed in Kindness (Florida and Louisiana)
Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking
Current Article-A Dramatic Difference (North Carolina)
Book-Inspired Community Service
Current Article-Love and Sandwiches (Georgia)
Literacy for All Kinds of Intelligence
Current Article-Naturally Smart (Florida)

Read here for ideas and inspiration. These articles address ideas and innovation for learners of varied ages, and you will almost certainly ignite your own imagination here. Some ideas will be immediately transferrable and others you can adapt for your adolescents. These articles are located on the Resources page, immediately below the calendar area.

Currently, you may have a special interest in reading:

A Dramatic Difference: Elementary kids make remarkable gains in fluency

Please note there are related books with reader’s theater scripts at the end of the article

Instructional Materials Library Free Samples
Leveled poems and reader’s theater scripts when read and re-read, as a regular part of a language arts routine, as a regular activity in a content classroom, as a regular activity at home or in a home school classroom, as a regular activity in a library or community group setting can improve fluency significantly. Limited access to free scripts is available to ALL HAPPY guests. To access the full library, you must pay to become a registered member.

Suggestions on how to use the poems to support instruction, including for fluency:

Suggestions on how to use the reader’s theater scripts to support instruction, including for fluency:

Free samples of poems and scripts:

Featured Author-Sarah Weeks
Of her many contributions to the world of literacy, Ms. Weeks’ work with reader’s theater is in itself encouragement for greater fluency

Find Ms. Weeks at http://happyreading.org/sarahweeks.htm.

HAPPY is pleased to recommend a wide assortment of books that make great read-alouds. Reading aloud allows more experienced readers to model fluency for less skilled readers. Exposure to engaging literature also increases the likelihood that listeners will choose to read on their own, which can lead to greater fluency. Some of the books are classic, some new, some tried-and-true with readers and audiences. All our picture book, early chapter and easy reader picks come with some sort of instructional suggestion… usually related to word study. These descriptions are available while the books are still among our current picks. For archived descriptions, you must be a registered member.

For your convenience, you can buy books through the site by clicking on the icon for the store you wish to use. All financial transactions are handled by these reputable retailers. You may also click to find books in your nearest, local library. Shared reading among young learners gives them a dramatic advantage when it comes to becoming skilled readers. And we believe it is NEVER too late to read aloud with learners of any age. As C.S. Lewis said, “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of fifty.” Find Books at http://happyreading.org/Books.htm

Links to Articles and Research
Find articles elsewhere on the web that explain the value of reader’s theater and repeated poetry reading in improving fluency.

http://www.happyreading.org/links.htm and scroll to the bottom.

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Services from HAPPY
I’m HAPPY Reading-Books to You (Optional w/additional cost)
This service is intended to support reading aloud, which is an opportunity for more experienced readers to model fluency for those with less experience and reading skill. This is a paid service, customized in price to fit your choices; it includes a free year of HAPPY Reading membership.


Instructional Materials Library
This includes instantly available downloads of thousands of pages of leveled poem and reader’s theater scripts. Repeated readings of poems and scripts at the appropriate level for the reader are virtually guaranteed to improve fluency. Material is written with content standards in mind AND to support literacy growth across the life span for learners in a variety of settings and circumstances.

Only members have access to the full instructional materials library via the LOGIN button. Or you may register to become a member here: http://happyreading.org/Register.aspx

Members only Archive

As a registered member, you will continue to enjoy unhindered access to all our features and articles after they have archived.  For fluency, you may be interested in reading the following:

Just Read Anything-by Dr. Twila Liggett
In following Dr. Liggett’s recommendation, improved fluency is one likely benefit.

Educator Profile
Karen Drosinos
The classroom practices of this exceptionally successful kindergarten teacher suggest ways to improve both fluency and engagement in young learners.

HAPPY52 Tips
Members only receive weekly delivery of Reading Raves and Reminders in their e-mail to help keep teaching practices sharp and student skill sharper. Some of these tips are related to fluency.

Coming in late summer/early fall, this one of a kind resource will help you to connect real, high quality children’s literature with essential instructional goals. You’ll also be able to create text sets and identify books by author, illustrator, series, content area, reading level and much more. Improved fluency is one benefit of reading aloud from carefully selected books and from students’ repeated reading of books at the right instructional or independent reading level. Join at today’s low price and make your HAPPY Reading experience even more of a great value for you and your students.

Members also get HAPPY Services-- including HAPPY Primary, READ UP, WORD, HAPPY Preschool, HAPPY Transitions and Bibliotherapy-- at special pricing. Workshops for both parents and education professionals are also available at discounted pricing. Write lovebooks@happyreading.org to inquire and discuss specific needs.


Registering as a member gives you the satisfaction of knowing you’ve joined a community of educators, learners, leaders and book lovers who are all about exploring better and more effective ways to coach learners to greater success. When you are at work, HAPPY Reading will be available to work alongside you to help reach higher goals. When you’re not at work, HAPPY Reading will be working steadily to bring you more stories of excellence and creative approaches to learning that will be ready when you are. Join us.

Becoming a registered member costs just pennies a day, per student. Some people spend more than this amount on a single book that may have much more limited use. You can purchase up to three years of membership at the low, introductory price. Schools and divisions may also purchase for up to three years at this same per-license rate. And referring friends, colleagues, other schools or other divisions can lead to even greater benefits for you and for them.

Special introductory price: $39.99. To register: http://happyreading.org/Register.aspx

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