OVER 400,000 IN PRINT!


Kid’s Read One! Shared Reading Program

With Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation


The Houston Independent School District is the 7th largest district in the nation and largest school district in Texas. 

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.



The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation purpose elevates literacy as a focal point for the Houston community, garnering visibility, support and financial assistance to help people in in the community to learn how to read, write and comprehend. 
The Foundation’s aspiration is to present Houston as a model city to ignite a literacy movement across the nation with parents empowered to be their child’s first and most important teachers. Literacy begins in the home and very early in the life of a child.
The Foundation leverages the more than thirty-year legacy of former First Lady Barbara Bush championing literacy across the nation along with the name of the Bush family and its long-standing history of changing community by mobilizing people into action to address issues. It believes that far too many people do not have the requisite literacy skills to graduate on time, earn a living wage and reach their fullest potential in life.
The positive effects of having a generation of young people possessing literacy skills to shape their journey in school, career and life would have a staggering transformational affect on our society, both socially and economically. Passion for its literacy vision stems from former Barbara Bush’s belief that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to live the American dream and that the path to achieving it begins with learning how to read.
Investing in our youngest and most vulnerable children and their families is the highest priority. The Foundation focuses on the critical issue of literacy as a key in ensuring the future vitality of Houston and other cities around America. By 2030, the Foundation envisions a city where the dream of grade-level literacy becomes a reality.
The work of the Foundation is three-fold: 1) to empower parents and primary caregivers to be their child’s first and most important teacher by providing training, resources and other supports; 2) provide access to books in the home for economically disadvantaged children so that they may increase the amount of time spent reading and foster a love of reading by selecting books of their interest; 3) build a city-wide network of reading mentors to provide one-on-one and group mentoring programs for striving readers through the deployment of training, high-quality tools and materials and partnerships with schools.



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.


“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



Harry Moon has just been rated four stars by Accelerated Reader 360!