Welcome to Literacy is Priceless! As a literacy and technology enthusiast, I am always sharing fun and free digital tools, reading and literacy resources with my colleagues and friends. This blog is my attempt to share useful ideas, activities and downloads with educators and life-long learners across the globe.

I hope you find the blog posts useful and I welcome you to post comments, thoughts and links to great digital literacy and technology tools as well!



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45 Responses to “About Literacy is Priceless”

  1. 1 Lori October 25, 2007 at 11:43 pm

    Great Blog thank you for this great resource!

    • 2 claraodell September 14, 2010 at 11:12 pm

      Anna, your site is FABULOUS. I’ve recently made my first Prezi presentation as well as my first screencast using Jing, both of which I discovered through your blog. You have really inspired me to experiment with technology and I am excited to keep going, especially now that I have a new computer and an interactive white board in my classroom (I feel very lucky). I’ve told all my colleagues at the American School of Milan about you and I always look forward to visiting your site! THANK YOU!!!


  2. 3 readinggal October 26, 2007 at 2:55 am

    Thanks Lori! If you come across any great free teaching resources online, feel free to share them as well. -Anna

  3. 4 Talula November 17, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    Terrific blog! i will bookmark this and continue to read your archived posts a little each week. I am currently busy with a new business launch; but definitely look forward to reading these.

    In the meantime – here is a teacher resource directory that might be of use. I work with the founder of this one. It is named America Taking Action / National Education Directory & is a certified family-friendly site. She also has a teacher Thanksgiving Thank You page (listed second). If you want to register for the free ebooks, please use passkey (faith2dream) or Talula in the referral box.




  4. 5 readinggal November 18, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    Thanks Talula! -Anna

  5. 6 Talula December 4, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    Hi Anna; here is an update. There is now a Christmas Educators Thank You! page at the same website. It carries terrific resources to add to your materials list(download or bookmark individual ones you like). Plus – if you register for the Free “Twelve Days of Christmas” E-gifts before Dec. 12, you can receive hundreds of dollars in valuable discounts and coupons for classrooms and for your self.

    The Christmas card is cute and gives teachers a needed smile this time of year; plus the rewards are easy to get Free. Please add Talula in the referral box, if you register to get the “Twelve Days of Christmas” e-gifts. My colleague likes to track where the referrals come from.

    Hyperlink: http://www.americatakingaction.com/thanks Enjoy! Talula

  6. 7 Twenty Five Days December 4, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    This site is wonderful. I’m glad I bumped into it. I am a former teacher turned curriculum specialist, and I’m also involved in a web 2.0 initiative in our region, supporting teachers as they begin using tools in classrooms. Thought you might want to take a peek at my daughter’s site as well..she is a fifth grader who is using a moderated blog to address the NYS PTA Reflections prompt for this year. She has been up and running for 3 days now, and her blog is averaging about 1500 hits a day. It’s a great example of how the net can be a good place for kids….

  7. 8 Lisa December 7, 2007 at 10:56 pm


    Thought I’d post about some decodable phonic readers I have found really useful here in the uk. They are called the Dandelion Readers from phonic books – http://www.phonicbooks.co.uk.

    They have lovely illustrations and start from just five sounds and build up. There are fifty books so far and more on the way (to do the extended code e.g. vowel digraphs).

    They aren’t free but they are priced very reasonably. There are also handwriting sheets and worksheets available.


  8. 9 Paul Hamilton December 22, 2007 at 12:12 am

    Hello Anna and Melissa. Thanks, Melissa, for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog. I’m delighted to have found yours, with all the great resources that you’ve highlighted here. Isn’t the web wonderful for facilitating this kind of sharing! –Paul

  9. 10 Robbie December 24, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    Dear Anna and Melissa,

    I run an educational rap music startup, Rhythm, Rhyme, Results, that might complement the other resources you feature here. We quietly developed music all year, and earlier this month we posted our songs online for free listening–four albums of songs on topics of core proficiency. Give it a listen!



    Robbie Mitchell
    Rhythm, Rhyme, Results

  10. 11 teachchicago December 28, 2007 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks for stopping by!

  11. 12 teachchicago December 28, 2007 at 9:21 pm


    Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to check it out.


  12. 13 Sue Palmer December 29, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    Great stuff. We will be back as this is a great resource in your area. It is nice to find material targeting this subject.

    Please feel free to use our site as well and link to it if you think it is worthy.

    Thanks and keep up the good work!

    Sue P aka The Maze

  13. 14 alltogether January 10, 2008 at 2:42 am

    Terrific blog. Thanks for the hard work.

  14. 15 Becca Keaty January 21, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    I just came across your blog and have enjoyed reading through your posts.
    I am from Open Books, Chicago’s first nonprofit literacy bookstore. I will keep visiting your site as it seems like you have many great ideas and resources.

    We have collected 100,000+ used books from all of the city of Chicago, we will sell those books in a funky unique used bookstore environment….the money we raise will go to fund literacy programs for adults and children.

    If you have any ideas for us, send them our way! We are in the process of building the store now, but in the meantime are building partnerships and beginning to build our literacy outreach!

    Take care!
    Becca Keaty
    Open Books
    Chicago, IL

  15. 16 readinggal January 21, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Thanks Becca! I love your site: http://open-books.org

    For Literacy Is Priceless readers that want a bit of background on Open Books, here is a quote from the Open Books about page:

    “Open Books was founded in 2006 to open Chicago’s first nonprofit literacy bookstore: a two-storied dream where proceeds from the sale of 50,000+ used books on the fun, colorful, comfortable first floor will go to fund a spectrum of unique adult, family, and computer literacy programs upstairs. As we wait for our new building to be ready in spring 2009, we work with literacy groups around the city to help students of all ages make literacy a fun and fundamental part of their lives.”

    Feel free to keep us posted with Open Books’ new developments!


  16. 17 chaos March 12, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Just wanted to see if you like my favorite link and get an email addy to contact you off of the blog. I’d like to do an interview of some current educators for my parent-resource blog that hasn’t launched yet..

    You can email me back at fiona.krabapple@gmail.com


  17. 18 chaos March 12, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    whoops forgot to add that link

    Carl’s Corner

  18. 19 Layla Wright-Contreras April 29, 2008 at 10:06 am

    Thank you for your post on Reading Is Fundamental’s resources for educators!

    Do you have an e-mail address we could contact you at when we have new updates that you might be interested in?

    Warm regards,

    (Reading Is Fundamental)

  19. 20 Peta Hill July 21, 2008 at 9:37 pm


    I have been searching the internet for hours for adult literacy teaching resources. I am a TAFE teacher in Australia and have set up a wiki in the hope of creating a community site for teachers of literacy and numeracy to share their resources.

    Thank you for taking the time to blog all of the amazing stuff that you have found!

    Smiles from Australia

  20. 21 readinggal July 22, 2008 at 1:09 am

    Thanks Peta! I look forward to reading your wiki!


  21. 22 Dick Briggs August 5, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Great Blog and website at Free-Reading.net. I will add your link to my website, http://www.mybreakfastreadingprogram.com. This is a FREE website for fundamental reading skills.

    My site uses breakfast food analogies (pancakes, waffles, oj, fruit) to teach vowel rules and (grapefruits donuts, muffins, and maple syrup) to teach syllabication. There is also a template in Excel for morphology and vocabulary.

    For morphology and vocabulary, it would be great to team up with others to generate and populate my database of 2,377 words. Divide and conquer. Once populated, it would be accessible to all and could be shared with Free-Reading as well.

  22. 23 Laurie August 17, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Hi! I just came across your blog as I was researching a topic that I wrote about at Bright Hub. I love all of the great information about literacy that I read here. This is exactly the kind of sharing that we need. I was wondering if you would consider reading my profile at Brigh Hub and clicking on my articles to see if they are of interest to you. Bright Hub has a K-12 Learning Channel that started up in July of 2008. Feel free to “roam around.” I love sharing with teachers!

    Best regards,

  23. 24 Sophie October 30, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Hi Annie & Melissa,

    I’d like to introduce myself and the brand/label I represent under the large genre of e-learning.

    http://www.clipounets.com/ is our 2 broad casting website and

    http://www.musicreche.com/ our online boutique for our products and downloads. We specialize in ‘language awareness’ through songs for kids.
    We make learning for toddlers interactive, fun and something that can be shared with the family.

    Have a look!

    Paris, France.

  24. 25 readinggal October 31, 2008 at 2:04 am

    Thanks Sophie! Will do!


  25. 26 Brooke November 4, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    I think you have a great blog. You should check out our website http://www.kaeden.com because we specialize in books to help children read. Enjoy!

  26. 27 Deborah Sloan November 20, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    I’ve been pulling together some materials for a talk with kindergarten and 1st grade teachers and I came across your site – wonderful resources here. Thanks! (And I, too, am a fan of Jen Robinson’s book site.) Given your audience, I thought you might like to know about The Picnic Basket, a blog offering school and library professionals tastes of new and forthcoming children’s books with first-come, first-serve sample copies of books for kids of all ages We send you free books. You tell us what you think! Read the books, then post your reviews for your colleagues to read. I hope you’ll consider coming to the Picnic (Basket) and, if you like it, sharing news of it with your teacher readers. Thanks!

  27. 28 Danielle January 8, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Great site! I thought you might like to know about Small World Books with children’s literature and nursery rhymes from around the world – http://www.itsasmallworld.co.nz

  28. 29 Daniel Ferguson February 15, 2009 at 11:51 am


    I have added your site to my blogroll. I really enjoy the books and ideas you share. It’s an energizing read, and I look forward to keeping up with it. Take care.


  29. 30 Daniella March 5, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Hi Anna,

    I work for WGBH – Boston’s PBS station – and we have just launched an online adolescent literacy collection: http://www.teachersdomain.org/special/adlit/. These free resources are for teachers and struggling readers in grades 5-12. Could you help us promote these resources through your blog? I would much appreciate it!

    Many thanks,
    WGBH Boston

  30. 31 nanhamer March 30, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Hello Fellow Educators:
    What a great website! I am currently studying for My Masters in Elementary Ed, and will be certified as a Reading Specialist. Looking for employment in this terrible economy in the NYC area. Anyone have any suggestions where I can look? I would like to teach reading to first-third graders. Oh-I am bilingual (English/Spanish).

  31. 32 teacherrevised May 6, 2009 at 2:56 am

    Hi Anna (and all),

    Won’t you check out a story I just wrote about teaching reading to someone without front teeth. It’s quite a challenge! (But a lovely challenge.)


    Best best best,


  32. 33 Blanca June 23, 2009 at 1:49 am


    I am glad I found your blog! This resource it’s just what I’ve been looking for to use during this summer for my kids!!!

    Thank you,
    Mother of 4

  33. 34 Susan Maguire August 18, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    I just came to your site from the all.top.com literacy site. It is amazing where you land when you venture out to new links! Literacy is a passion of mine – I was an early childhood and Kindergarten teacher for over 30 years. Now retired – but can’t seem to stop sharing what I know and continue learning more to help families and their children develop a lifelong love for reading.
    Your site is now on my favorites and I look forward to coming back and exploring it. I have a blog literacy site for families called togethertime4families.com
    Thanks for your blog!

  34. 35 Whitnei September 21, 2009 at 2:19 am

    This is such a helpful website for educators! I wish I would have found this website a lot sooner. This website is full of helpful links and information on new educational technology and reading strategies.

  35. 36 readinggal September 21, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Thank you Whitnei! Your comments mean so much! Have a wonderful fall semester! -Anna

  36. 37 Denise Bossard October 2, 2009 at 7:36 pm


    Would you be interested in linking to our website?

    Er-u-di-tion™ helps children learn to read, spell and understand the most common words in the English language while playing an entertaining board game.

    We are the recipient of both the Creative Child Magazine 2009 Game of the Year and the 2010 Teachers’ Choice Award – Classroom.

    The game incorporates over 300 sight words as well as the letters of the alphabet and their basic phonic sounds in an enjoyable, engaging activity.

    Game cards are categorized to promote differentiated instruction so children of all reading levels can play together! The average play time is 15-20 minutes and is ideal for ages 4-8.

    In addition, we offer an affliate program that pays commissions of 15% of the sales price.

    For additional information, please visit our website.

  37. 38 toyportfolio October 10, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Great blog- full of information! Our Read It! Play It! series focuses on helping parents and care givers with easy to do activities that are inspired from books. I’m particularly proud of the Spanish Edition of Read It! Play It! with Babies and Toddlers–since the activities and books were adjusted to be culturally on target.

  38. 39 Kyle Miller February 24, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Hi _First_,
    As pioneers in the learning technology industry, our team at The Xplanation is constantly asking the question, “What’s next?” Teachers and students are demanding material at their fingertips, and it is our job to ensure that schools have the tools they need to adapt. To this end, one of our featured weekly articles is called Imagine a World, this is where our team explores what we believe are possible scenarios for the future of education and/or technology. The posts take our current research and turn them into speculative glimpses of what might happen next.
    The purpose of this letter is to ask if you might be willing to expand and shape our ideas from Imagine a World. We would like to invite you to respond to one of our short posts. This would need to be through an MP3 audio file. If you are interested, but do not know how to create an MP3 file, I can email you directions that are compatible with a Mac or PC. The response should reflect on how likely you believe the scenario is, why you think we’re on target or have missed the mark, and any other alternative ideas or comments. From your input my team and I want to create an online media book that consists of our Imagine a world posts for the most recent quarter and add your reactions to them. We will then be publishing this as a free resource for the public.
    I consult your website on a regular basis, and believe that your expertise in the area of education and e-learning technology could help to further the discussion on future technology in education. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email me and I will get back to you with more information on how to complete the MP3 response for our blog The Xplanation.

    Kyle Miller

    Xplana Learning, a Service of MBS/137 Newbury St, 3rd Floor/Boston, MA 02115

  39. 40 readinggal February 24, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Thanks Kyle.

    I took a look at your website. It is interesting. I will send you an email shortly!


  40. 41 Chris April 5, 2010 at 12:32 am

    You have a great website with a lot of helpful information regarding literacy and technology. It will be a useful resource for me to use with the students in my classroom.

  41. 42 Maria July 8, 2010 at 5:48 am


    I recently compiled a list of the Top 15 blogs on reading and literacy, and I
    just wanted to let you know that you made the list! It
    is published online at

    Thanks so much, and if you think your audience would find useful
    information in the list or on the site, please feel free to share the
    link. The blog is just starting up, so we always appreciate a linkback
    as we’re trying to increase readership.

    Thanks again, and have a great day!

    Maria Magher

  42. 43 Erika August 7, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Hi Anna,

    This is a great resource for online reading programs! I actually have created an online beginning reading program called, Stepping Stones Together, that gives parents the tools to teach their child to read in as little 60 days. The books are personalized online and printable based on your child’s personal interest and reading level. Please go to SteppingStonesTogether.com/Become-A-Member to get started today!

    Thank you!

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