NEW Collections for Developing Skilled Readers

We have teamed up with one of the brightest literary consultants in education today to offer new collections for Kindergarten to Grade 5. Each grade level collection thoughtfully bridges to Jennifer’s top reading strategies from her acclaimed publication, The Reading Strategies Book, to help you more easily develop your readers.

Each collection promises:


Jen's Favorite
Go-To Books

Jen's favorite go-to books for teaching grade-appropriate reading strategies. Short, engaging fiction and nonfiction texts by grade level can be visited again and again for read alouds, whole class mini lessons, small group instruction, or used as mentor texts for individual conferring.


Jen's Notes

A one page note from Jen about how she selected the books and some key goals you may have for readers at each grade level. The note will help you think about the types of text challenges that your students will encounter in their independent reading. Identifying the challenges will then help you find the reading strategies to develop strong young readers.


Easy Ordering

As with any AKJ Education collection, we offer you affordable titles from different publishers. No searching, no price hunting—this is a simple one-click solution.


Jennifer Serravallo was a teacher in Title I Schools in NYC, and later a Senior Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. She is now a national consultant and speaker who helps urban, suburban, and rural schools implement exceptional literacy instruction. She is the author of a dozen books and resources on the teaching of reading and writing including the New York Times bestseller, The Reading Strategies Book, the forthcoming The Writing Strategies Book (early 2017) and the two-time award-winning Independent Reading Assessment series.

If you loved Reading Strategies...try Writing Strategies!


“You can think of the goals as the what,” writes Jen, “and the strategies as the how.” From composing with pictures all the way to conventions and beyond, you’ll have just-right teaching, just in time.

She even offers suggestions for stocking your writing center, planning units of study, celebrating student writing, and keeping records.

Whether you use Writing Workshop, 6+1 Traits, Daily 5’s “Work on Writing,” a scripted writing program, the writing exercises in your basal, or any other approach, you’ll discover a treasure chest of ways to work with whole classes, small groups, or individual writers.