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Pardon our stardust ...

After many years in our original online home, the Barksdale Reading Institute is joining forces with WETA/Reading Rockets and First Book to transform Reading Universe. We’re building a modern, multimedia-rich platform

to better support you as you teach children to read and write, no matter their age.


And it’s free!

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Here’s a sneak peek at Reading Universe 2.0!

We’re working hard to launch our prototype late this summer.

And we’ll be adding more content through the fall and into 2024.


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10 Maxims: What We've Learned So Far

About How Children Learn to Read

From Literacy Leader and Researcher Reid Lyon

See this distillation of what we know from 50 years of research about reading and effective reading instruction — accompanied by a deep list of supporting research.

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We envision a future ...

where every child is bursting with the confidence earned from learning how to read and write well.

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Questions? Email Us!

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the Barksdale Reading Institute?


Reading Universe is made possible by the generous support of Jim & Donna Barksdale,

The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and two anonymous donors.

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