Songs By Our Favorite Musicians

As we've mentioned before, the new Learn to Read is a musical extravaganza. And that is in no small part due to the contributions from some of our favorite singers, songwriters and producers.The Bobs Cathy Fink and Marcy MarxerJonathan FeldmanTommy LepsonAnd of course, special thanks to my … [Read more...]

The Read-Aloud Handbook

Mom reading to boy

Long before I became a parent, I read The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. It planted a little seed about the importance of reading aloud that has influenced my parenting since my daughter was born. Oops! scratch that, since before my daughter was born. I read her Harry Potter in utero to help … [Read more...]

April Is National Poetry Month


Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? It's a month-long celebration of poetry created by the Academy of American Poets. Just as poetry plays an important part in our culture, rhyming plays an important role in phonemic awareness. When kids can recognize and make rhymes, they're … [Read more...]

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry…


Hi. I'm Russell Ginns, Senior Director of Product Development at Smarterville, Inc. It's my privilege to lead the team of authors, illustrators, educators, animators and musicians who have created the new Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read. Over the next few months, the blog will give me a … [Read more...]