HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
Kid’s Read One! Shared Reading Program
With Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation
The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and Harry and Honey Moon Kid’s Read One! Shared Reading Initiative is resourcing 65,000 children in grades three through five within the Houston Independent School District for the 2019-2020 school year.
Sixty percent of Houston area children do not meet minimum academic standards when they enter middle school based on diagnostic assessments administered by school districts as required by the Texas Education Agency. Far too many children lack foundational pre-literacy skills, such as phonological awareness, alphabet recognition, and counting/numeracy skills.
Kids Read One! and the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation is providing 130,000 of the best-selling, hard-backed series Harry and Honey Moon books and thirty-six weekly online Harry and Honey Moon short stories into the classrooms and homes to be read together with family, teachers and classmates. More than 65,000 children and classmates, 100,000 parents and guardians, 2500 teachers and 2500 school administrators will read the popular series about the values that shape the life of two young heroes growing up a town trapped in Halloween.
KIDS READ ONE! SHARED READING PHILOSOPHY
Having students gather around for story time is an activity that has long been practiced in early childhood education, library and other early literacy programs. Shared reading was introduced in the late 1970s and builds from the bedtime story experience. Repeated readings allow teachers, students and parents to be actively involved; students join in and read as they are able. Shared reading builds a community inside itself.
Shared reading provides many benefits for young learners as they develop early literacy skills. It is used to teach alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness, vocabulary, concepts about print, oral language and other predictors of reading success identified by the National Early Literacy Panel. Illustrations help children with a better understanding of what is happening in the story and the meaning of the words being read. Shared reading also allows educators to see how much the children understand as well as challenges they face.
Shared reading has become an important component of balanced literacy instruction. It’s a powerful strategy that not only teaches and reinforces reading skills, but also introduces rich literature that leads to a positive emotional experience while reinforcing values and supporting strong character development at an early age.
HARRY MOON and DYSLEXIA
“Children with executive function problems, which includes dyslexia, post concussion trauma, ADHD, sensory processing, high functioning autism and practically any neuro- diverse child will find Harry Moon irresistible, a dream for children with working memory issues.
"The pages are printed on a soft-coated stock, making it easier for the reader to distinguish the text. The font has been chosen to eliminate confusing clutter. For a child writing a book report, the narrative’s background information has been scaffolded into categories, making it easier to focus on the writing process. Harry Moon is the most inclusive reading experience for mainlining children with reading challenges I have ever seen.”
—Lisa Baye Kaye, Dyslexia Inspired