Interactive Read-Aloud (IRA)


Expand students' thinking across the year with books that spark discussion and inquiry.

Interactive Read-Aloud promotes the joy of reading, expands children’s vocabulary, and increases their ability to think, talk, and write about texts that fully engage their interest.

  • What is it?
  • What's inside?
  • How is it implemented?

What is it?

The FPC Interactive Read-Aloud Collection is the foundation for literacy instruction. Organized into text sets that reflect a global perspective, it is rich with a diversity of characters, settings, and topics.

Each text set contains four to six high-quality picture books that represent a variety of authors and illustrators, topics, genres, themes, and text structures. Each set of texts has been carefully curated around a connecting idea, central theme, or study of a particular author, illustrator, or genre. Comprehensive lesson folders support teachers in providing high-quality, cutting-edge lessons that boost, engage, and extend students’ reading, writing, and language skills.

IRA What is it?

What's inside?

Collection Guide

  • Brief overview of the components and implementation of the FPC Interactive Read-Aloud Collection.

Collection guide

Trade Books

120 titles per grade, 1 copy each

  • Carefully curated collection of the very best age and grade-appropriate trade books is at the heart of literacy instruction in your classroom
  • Designed to nurture students’ ability to construct meaning in an interactive, talk-rich context
  • Organized into text sets to help students make connections among ideas and notice parallels in the craft of writing across multiple texts.

Trade Books

Lesson folders

  • Lesson folders to support teachers in providing high-quality, cutting-edge lessons that boost, engage, and extend students’ reading, writing, and language skills.

Lesson Folders

Inquiry Overview Cards

  • Inquiry Overview Cards (1 per text set) that feature a brief overview of the text set, opportunities to think across books, an essential question and big ideas to guide thinking and discussion, as well as a menu of projects to encourage exploration and inquiry.

Inquiry Cards

Online Resources

  • The resources needed for each lesson, including PDFs of each lesson and a video library

How is it implemented?

The FPC Interactive Read-Aloud Collection is implemented during whole-group instruction. The teacher reads aloud a selected text to children, occasionally pausing for conversation.

The texts are beyond the instructional reading level of most children. The children are listening to the text and viewing the illustrations. The text-based discussion helps children to construct meaning and make connections between books in the text set.

Turning a vision into action requires a carefully laid out plan. You may be asking yourself, “Where do I start?” With a pen in hand, start here, in this action plan, thinking together with colleagues. The 4 steps in this Interactive Action Plan are designed to put you, your students, and your school on the path to literacy success.

Download Interactive Action Plan

action plan

For detailed guidance on unpacking your system, setting up your resources, and organizing your classroom, download the FPC Interactive Unpacking and Implementation Plan.

Download Interactive Implementation Plan

implementation plan


Explore the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum

Proficient readers and writers display recognizable behaviors at every stage of literacy learning. When teachers notice, teach, and support these behaviors, they link assessment to responsive teaching. This indispensable literacy tool identifies the behaviors that demonstrate thinking and understanding within, beyond, and about a text. These behaviors are described as continua of learning across eight instructional contexts.

Literacy Continuum

Explore what the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum is, what’s included, how it’s implemented, and gain access to samplers, research, webinars, and more.

Explore the Continuum


FPC Research

Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell are committed to the important role of research in the development and ongoing evaluation of Fountas & Pinnell Classroom (FPC).

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