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Our Mission

The Reading Research Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping others understand how the human brain works when we read. Reading is a brain-based activity. Our thoughts and our understanding about language influence our reading ability and our feelings about reading.

The purpose of this website is to provide practical guidance to all who teach others how to read and to provide engaging, relevant practice for beginning, struggling, and advanced readers so they can more efficiently and effectively read with understanding and pleasure.


Reading Research Institute News

RRI provides free books for local schools

The Reading Research Institute recently distributed more than a thousand free books for kindergarten students in local schools. Packets were distributed to schools serving a large number of students who qualify for the government-supported free lunch program. Research consistently validates the importance for beginning readers to have access to books in their homes. Packets distributed included six paperback stories that provide support for readers at different levels of reading ability including wordless picture books; stories with limited, repetitive vocabulary, and predictable language structure; and stories which require more advanced reading skills. One information book was included along with two "read-to-me" books to encourage parents to read to their child. In addition, a teacher's packet was provided that included copies of each of the books in the student packets and three integrated, thematic units appropriate for early learners. Educators also received a copy of Developing Beginning Reading Skills: A Balanced Approach to Reading.

Website Features

Our website includes a variety of features for readers of all ages. Just a click away you will find access to free online stories for readers of all ages, instructional tutorials that support educators and parents as they work with beginning and advanced readers, and access to our published novels and stories. Browse the website and you will discover a vast array of support to help you ensure that every child becomes a reader.

Teachers with access to digital projection systems and electronic whiteboards will be able to use many of the instructional materials in their classroom in real time. Other resources are available free to print and to distribute to students.