Why We're Innovating for Challenged Readers

How We Began

Readeezy was developed by Maria Finaro Cleary. Maria is a school superintendent with a disabled daughter who pretty much stopped reading when she was about 11 years old. In fact, she struggled so much with books that she often said, “Reading makes my brain hurt.”

Challenged Readers

Our Audience

Readeezy is dedicated to these reluctant and challenged readers, especially those who are teens and young adults. Why? By the time they reach this age, there are few books for them to really enjoy. If they have pictures, they are often too juvenile. If they have age-appropriate stories, the vocabulary and sentence structure is sometimes difficult to understand.

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Why We’re Different

Readeezy is different. It has illustrations, animations, and interactive questions to invite readers to actively participate in the story. Text to speech helps them with words that are difficult to read. And check our research in the NYAPE Journal (p. 45) to see how well it works!

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What’s In Store

Our plan is to develop an entire library of books like this one. With additional features and assistance, we aim to make Readeezy a fun place to visit. And the more fun it is, the more everyone will read!

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Professional Endorsements

Will spark an interest to read more.

What I like about the book is that the content and illustrations are appropriate for the age group and will spark an interest to read more.

I love the interactive platform that allows for breaks and is challenging enough to help strengthen reading comprehension. I feel the option 'I'm stuck' is very important and innovative.

I feel the option of voice over is not only well done but mainly will help strengthen one's reading/decoding abilities as he or she follows the text while listening to the story.

Overall an excellent idea to bring reading, auditory and visual experience all together for the enjoyment of interesting story telling (in the 21st century) to a person who may otherwise find it challenging.

Good job!
Romana Kulikova, MD
Executive Director, LearningRx Short Hills

If they can visualize they can better comprehend and learn.

Highlighted word, audio, animations, and questions all together help the reader visualize what the story is about. If they can visualize they can better comprehend and learn.

Really liked how the questions are asked throughout the story instead of at the end. The animations and questions combined help the reader understand/comprehend/remember the story

I thought the questions were higher level questions and not your basic true/false or multiple choice. There could be multiple answers and you can give a separate answer. These help with critical thinking, comprehension, and simply getting the reader to create an answer on their own instead of simply selecting something based on a guess. A lot of times a multiple choice or a true/false can question can be figured out logically (It's not A or B so it must be C) and the reader can be correct without actually understanding why that is the answer.
Michael Gerbasio
Center Director, Learning Rx Short Hills

The visual combined with the auditory is a perfect balance.

The visual tied with the auditory is a perfect balance/combination for someone who might feel challenged by reading. This content is perfect for High Interest and Low readability. These stories/books can help build a love/interest in reading, build vocabulary, reading fluency and background knowledge. In addition, the "I'm stuck" prompt provides students with an easy way to answer and a reminder to ask for help. This takes away embarrassment and frustration as well as providing a reminder that it is OK to ask for assistance.
Dr. Julie Norflus-Good
Professor, Special Education, Ramapo College