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Dr. Molly Ness Releases New Book, “Read Alouds for All Learners: A Comprehensive Plan for Every Subject, Every Day, Grades PreK–8”

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Learning Ally is celebrating the release of Dr. Molly Ness’s new book, “Read Alouds for All Learners: A Comprehensive Plan for Every Subject, Every Day, Grades PreK–8,” with publisher, Solution Tree, a professional development company of educational material for K–12 educators. 

Dr. Ness is Learning Ally’s V.P of Academic Content, and a former classroom teacher, reading researcher, and teacher educator. Her experience includes 16 years as an associate professor of childhood education at Fordham University, and a rich compilation of research focused on reading comprehension, teachers’ instructional decisions, and dyslexia. She is also the founder of End Book Deserts and co-founder of the Coalition for Literacy EquityDr. Molly Ness

Read Alouds for All Learners makes a compelling case for the reintegration of the read aloud in schools. It is a step-by-step resource for PreK–8 educators who want to improve reading achievement by integrating the use of read alouds in class instruction. It is supported by current research and Dr. Ness’s own personal experiences in the classroom, and ideally written for teachers, curriculum designers, and literacy coaches to gain practical guidance in these areas:

  • Understanding the role of read alouds in the science of reading.

  • Developing understanding of the three-step planning process for a read aloud.

  • Learning current read-aloud research and trends among elementary, middle, and high school teachers.

  • Gaining tips targeted for each age group’s social-emotional learning and cognition.

  • Capturing the importance of read alouds in all content areas.

  • Creating a read-aloud plan for social studies, the sciences, mathematics, physical education, the arts, and electives with hands-on tools.

Crystal Barreto, Academic Intervention Services Coordinator with the community superintendent’s office in the New York City Department of Education writes that Dr. Ness’s book is, “One of the best books I have read on how to develop a well-constructed read aloud. As a district instructional coach who only uses practical, research-based methods, I am eager to use this invaluable resource and thrilled to add it to my professional reading collection.”

Whether a longtime educator professional or new to teaching, Read Alouds for All Learners is designed to support young learners emotionally, intellectually, linguistically, and developmentally, and includes practical tools and lessons that have proven successful in creating an effective read aloud routine. 

Dr. Ness says, “Read alouds have slowly been falling out of practice in homes and schools. This has had sobering consequences on children’s vocabulary acquisition and retention, verbal reasoning and syntactical understanding, and socio-emotional capacity. Read alouds benefits all readers, including multilingual learners, striving readers, and neurodiverse students. I aim to provide an easy-to-follow approach to planning effective read alouds that build language comprehension, enhance vocabulary, and build background knowledge across all content areas. At a time when there are so many national conversations about literacy instruction, we must understand the important role of read alouds in the science of reading.”  

Dr. Molly Ness’s new book is now available to order at

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