Shared Reading (SR)


Build a strong early reading foundation with books that engage and excite.

Shared Reading is an enjoyable experience for your classroom community and an important opportunity for children to “step up together” into more challenging texts while also beginning to notice and acquire the processes they need to read texts independently.

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

What is it?

The FPC Shared Reading Collection is made of up of exquisite texts which include a collection of original big books for pre-K to grade 4 in a variety of genres, with accompanying lesson folders. It is available in Spanish for pre-K to grade 2.

Six small copies of each book, as well as audiobooks, are provided for children to revisit during independent reading. Some of the books have special features such as flaps, cut-outs, and foldouts to engage and excite children.

SR What is it?

What's inside?

Collection Guide

  • A brief overview of the components and implementation of the FPC Shared Reading Collection.

Collection Guide

Shared Reading Books

Original titles, 1 copy of the big book and 6 copies of each accompanying small book.

  • An exquisite collection of original titles that nurture students’ ability to construct meaning in a supported context so they can enjoy reading and learn critical concepts of how print works.

Shared 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

Online Resources

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

How is it implemented?

The FPC Shared Reading Collection is implemented during whole-group instruction. During shared reading, the teacher and children read aloud a large version of an engaging text that is beyond children’s ability to read independently.

These texts provide early experiences with print and promote the development of reading processes. These texts also serve as mentor texts. After the first reading, children take part in multiple, subsequent readings of the text. They also discuss the text and the teacher selects teaching points based on children’s needs.

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.

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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.

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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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