about-books

At MaryRuth Books, we love reading! And we know that the implications of successful reading extend beyond enjoying a good story to supporting a positive self-image and being successful in school and adult life. As a former Reading Recovery® teacher, Mia has also experienced first-hand the challenges of working with struggling readers… and the joys of sharing in their achievements.

Why Titles from MaryRuth Books Work for Teaching Reading

Helping reluctant and struggling readers learn to read successfully is more complicated than writing a story with engaging characters. Our books work for young readers because they address the fundamentals of reading with special attention given to:

  • font selection
  • letter spacing, word placement, and line length
  • word repetition and anchor phrases
  • predictable patterns
  • the use of natural language
  • pictures that support the text
  • building upon known letter sounds and words
Early readers continually progress with MaryRuth Books because the books provide the right balance between support and challenge. With adequate support, children are able to read with a natural speaking rhythm. Introducing new words strategically allows them to advance at a comfortable pace. We know what educators know: it takes more than a cute story and pretty pictures to teach children to become fluent readers. (Although our books shine in those areas, too.) The proof is in classrooms and reading programs all across the country.

Shop Our Books and Collections

Selecting books that allow students to be successful is the first step in reading instruction. Whether you’re looking for titles for guided reading, small group intervention (RTI), or books with comprehension quizzes developed by Accelerated Reader™, you’ll find “just right” books, both fiction and nonfiction, in our collection.

Here are some categories we recommend to help you get familiar with our offerings:

MaryRuth Books Lists

Our books have been evaluated and leveled by the literacy education organizations Fountas & Pinnell, the Reading Recovery® Council of North America, Accelerated Reader™ (AR), and Lexile® Framework for Reading. The majority of our titles are included on the Reading Recovery® Approved Book List, and we offer over 100 books that have corresponding ATOS quizzes available from Accelerated Reader (AR).