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Back when Read Naturally founder Candyce Ihnot would present at full-day seminars, she would often start by telling a story about her youngest child, Tommy. One day, Tommy came home from elementary school and angrily declared, “I hate school.” Tommy was the son of two schoolteachers—his declaration was basically blasphemous! When Candyce asked him to explain why he hated school, his lip started to quiver. He told his mom about independent reading time. “She doesn’t even know,” he said of his teacher, “I can’t read.”

In 1991, the term “World Wide Web” had not been coined yet. People went to the library to get information, and news of companies and products spread via word-of-mouth and flyers in the mail, not websites or social media. This was the climate in which Candyce and Tom Ihnot founded Read Naturally, a small business dedicated to helping struggling readers achieve fluency.

One day, while our kids were coloring together, I overheard my brother-in-law ask his daughter if she needed more crowns. “Is she drawing a royal family?” I wondered. “Is she planning to play dress-up later?” Imagine my surprise when I realized my brother-in-law’s...

The easiest Read Naturally stories to read are often the hardest ones to write. Many people are surprised to learn this. Isn’t it easier to write a quick level 1.0 story than it is to research and write a complex level 8.0 story?

Nearly 25 years ago, Read Naturally founder Candyce Ihnot and her daughter Jane wrote the first-ever Read Naturally stories. The hardworking mother-daughter pair did research at the local library and penned stories at the kitchen table. As they worked together to create content they were proud of, they never imagined that these stories would someday be enjoyed by students across the globe. But that’s exactly what happened.

“What’s Read Naturally?” Have you ever asked this question? Has anyone ever asked you? We’ve spent 24 years answering it—and we’ve gotten pretty good at it. So what’s our best Read Naturally spiel? We turned it into three quick, informative YouTube videos.

Read Naturally isn’t a huge company, but that doesn’t stop us from winning huge awards. Hundreds of education professionals voted for the technology tools they find most essential in education via THE Journal’s first-ever Readers’ Choice Awards. We’re proud to announce that Read Naturally won a silver medal in the category of Interventions & Remediation.

I recently came across an old blog post from 2013 about the Little Free Library movement that has taken off in neighborhoods across the world.

In the Tom Hanks + Meg Ryan blockbuster “You’ve Got Mail,” a giant book superstore opens up right next to a small, independent bookstore. The movie explores how the two businesses are different. The giant store offers a wider selection. The small store provides a more personal touch. The giant store does a decent job at many things; the small store does an excellent job at a few things.

Researchers in academic settings frequently conduct studies of our programs. Overwhelmingly, these studies demonstrate the positive effects of a Read Naturally intervention. For example, Dr. Jayna Jensen recently conducted a study in which Special Education students at a middle school in California used Read Naturally Software Edition (SE). The study found that the Read Naturally intervention produced statistically significant gains in the students’ California Modified English Assessment (CMA) scores.

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