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Looking for hi-lo books? Sammy’s Day at the Fair fits.

Looking for hi-lo books? Sammy’s Day at the Fair qualifies. Jon Roland of Maryland, Presidential Award Winner for Math and Science Teaching, tells it this way: children find nothing more interesting than bodily functions, junk food, and fairs. So Sammy’s Day at the Fair, covering all those topics, has the high-interest side nailed.  As for the low side the hi-lo equation, Sammy combines science with an entertaining story using a low reading-difficulty approach. Jon and other award-winning teachers verify this claim. Natalie Rasmussen, Milken National Educator Award winner from Minnesota, says that Sammy’s phonetic glossary of biological terms is extremely[…] Read More

Hi-lo? Not Adapted Classics books, but…

Hi-lo? Not Adapted Classics books, but…we did lower the reading difficulty of the classic stories we adapt by lightening their classic language load. And we added interesting illustrations to entice modern young readers to read our adapted classic stories, hoping to convert them across the board and over time into classic literature lovers. So you could say we had hi–lo (high interest-low reading level) on our minds to a certain degree when we set out to create and publish the Adapted Classics collection.  Nevertheless, we know classic stories are not high interest reading material for most modern young readers. And we[…] Read More