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What HAPPY Reading Has for Me

People improve at what they do repeatedly. People do what they like. Creating an inner drive towards books and reading will serve learners well on their journey to becoming life-long readers, productive citizens and successful people who are HAPPY. We help them to discover and uncover that inner motivation by thinking outside the book.

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Each month, the HAPPY Calendar lists the birthdays of some of your favorite authors and illustrators. And our calendar is where you’ll find various national reading holidays and observances. Find reasons to make reading festive occasions and generate some excitement among your readers!

Permanent Article
The Concise Science of Reading
Reading Motivation-- Article

Instructional Materials Library Free Samples
Not everything in life is intended to be fun. Why not?

Our poems and reader’s theater scripts are created with all the important, best practice, foundational elements in place AND they’re meant to be a little bit whimsical and a little bit (or a lot) fun. They’re also designed to increase in difficulty (leveled reading) so that students experience success at each reading stage before moving to the next, slightly more challenging level.

Reader’s theater scripts have the added attraction of creating pleasant, social interaction and allowing learners to shine before their peers. Talk about a plan for success! And who isn’t motivated by success?

Not everything in life is intended to be fun, but HAPPY reading is.

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Limited access to free scripts is available to ALL HAPPY guests. We hope you’ll use and enjoy the free samples liberally, to the great success of your learners. To access the full library, you must pay to become a registered member.

Monthly articles
Some of these stories are stellar examples of how to infuse learning with creativity in ways that motivate learners to embrace reading. These articles update monthly under the permanent, umbrella headings. Those headings, current articles and places of origin are:

School-Wide Reading
Current Article-If You Build It Up, They Will Read (Connecticut)
Surrogate Librarian
Current Article-Book Ambassador (Colombia, South America)
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)

Look here for a cornucopia of diverse ideas and approaches to motivating readers.  These articles are located on the Resources page, immediately below the calendar

All current articles are available for all visitors. Archived items are available for registered members only.

Featured parents, teachers, authors, celebrities, learners…. READERS… can offer great insight and inspiration. Learning more about what has worked for others, what their challenges have been and how they have surmounted those just might inform your own life and work. Their stories might provide the perfect encouragement to propel the learners in your life.

Featured Celebrity
Those who rise to prominence in any endeavor… but especially in athletics and the arts… are often those who learn differently from most. The stories of trial and triumph offered by readers and writers who also happen to be celebrities can be informative and affecting for all of us. Currently Featured- LeVar Burton

Featured Author or Illustrator
Get to know the authors and illustrators who entertain and educate us with their immense talents. Plan author study around the current artist of honor and appreciate their contributions to the world of literacy. Inspire the writer, artist, and learner inside your children or students with the stories of the storytellers. Currently Featured-Sarah Weeks. Not only is she a prolific writer; she’s also an avid reader’s theater producer and performer!

Featured Parent
Parents of young and grown children share their challenges and joys here, and undoubtedly, some of these stories will provide insight and ideas for motivating others. Currently Featured- Dr. Michele Cooley-Strickland of California

Featured Adult Learner
Though each learner’s story is different, certainly there are themes that every learner will recognize. Read about this month’s featured learner and find encouragement to keep after the coveted goals. These profiles are ideal for educators to share with their learners. Currently Featured-George Dawson of Texas

Featured Educator
Watch this area for exemplary educators, including those who teach adults. Note their philosophies and their methods and decide if they might provide some modeling for what more you can do with your own students.
Currently Featured- Brad Shonk of Mississippi

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Profiles can be read by all visitors to HAPPY Reading while they are still current. After that time, they archive and you must be a registered member to enjoy the full text of each profile.

HAPPY is pleased to recommend a wide assortment of books that make great read-alouds. Virtually every learner, including struggling readers, consider hearing engaging books read aloud to be an A+ activity. 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. When instruction flows naturally from stories, from games, or from other enjoyable pursuits, motivation is piqued.

With many years of experience reading aloud to people of every age and background (remember that our founder is also a broadcaster), we are well-equipped to select books with language that is musical, plots that are intriguing, and characters that elicit a response. When learners hear good stories read aloud, they are able to build background knowledge and reflect on fluent reading without having to risk revealing what they don’t know…without the possibility of being embarrassed. Reading aloud brings them into a community of readers and paves the way for them to want to read more independently.

For your convenience, you can buy books through the site by clicking on the icon for the store you wish to use, Amazon, Better World Books or Powell’s. All financial transactions are handled by these reputable retailers. You may also click to find books in your nearest, local library by using the WorldCat links. Shared reading among young learners gives them a significant advantage in 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

Links to Articles and Research
Find articles elsewhere on the web that address effective ways to improve reading motivation and success.

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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 expose less skilled communicators to passionate reading. 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. Educators and learners consistently report that poetry and reader’s theater provide some of the most enjoyable and appealing pathways to greater motivation and literacy improvements. And the companion activities, coming in the fall of 2011, are also aimed at ratcheting up the pleasure factor to improve motivation and achievement.
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Members only Archive

Registered members are the only ones who retain full access to all our features and articles after they have archived.  In addressing reader motivation, you may be especially interested in reading the following:

Just Read Anything-by Dr. Twila Liggett
If you act on the advice of this Reading Rainbow co-founder, improved motivation is sure to follow. When students have some choice in their reading lives and when they realize that not all reading is about surgically-precise instruction, they are more likely to feel empowered and to become readers through and through.

Featured Educator-Julie Dauksys
Her interview includes some sound advice on motivating readers

HAPPY52 Tips
Members 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 relate to motivation.

Coming in 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. Students having greater access to a wide range of books (which you can select as a more informed purchaser and from which they may choose) and being provided books at the appropriate reading level—and connected with student interests are all huge boons to motivation.

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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 to inquire and discuss specific needs.


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