Help for Struggling Readers
What HAPPY Reading Has for Me

There is no single reason some readers struggle to improve, and there is not a single reason to give up the expectation that your learner CAN improve. Teacher and author Donalyn Miller (The Book Whisperer) calls struggling readers “developing readers”. To help them along their developmental path, we suggest virtually everything this website has to offer and many other wonderful resources not found on these virtual pages.

In general, HAPPY Reading recommends a generous amount of reading aloud… no matter the age of your reader. Shared reading is helpful for so many reasons… modeling fluency, enriching vocabulary, increasing background knowledge about many things, and demonstrating that reading is an enjoyable way to spend time… these are just a few of the reasons to read aloud.

We also suggest that your learner(s) have many opportunities to read text that is not too difficult. Reading both silently and aloud at the just-right level will improve confidence, increase fluency and broaden word knowledge. Please give our reader’s theater scripts a try… selecting levels that are at or below your learner(s)’ independent comfort zone. Repeated readings may produce a newly-committed reader, based on the fun factor, alone. To sample our instructional poems and reader’s theater scripts, go to:

The FREE samples are our gift to you. We hope that you’ll enjoy them with your learners. You will have access to all the poems and scripts in our library, which grows each month, when you become a registered member of HAPPY Reading.

For help in more specific areas of reading challenge, we recommend a great deal of exploration here on our site, and we would certainly welcome you as a registered member-- with all the benefits of joining our literacy community.

As a registered HAPPY member:

You have full access to our Instructional Materials Library, including all the Detail pages indicating alignment with content, standards, word study (phonics), and more, plus… access to the correlated activities for each content learning objective (September 2011), plus…

Members only Archive
Each month as articles and other features move into our archive, only registered members retain access to the full text of each feature.

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.

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 and support all learners. You will also be able to locate books that are perfect for your learner(s)’ interests and reading level(s).

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 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:

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