We are creating a world where everyone can advance through the doorway of literacy

Good things happen when teachers, education advocates, and technologists join together for a massively transformative purpose


to the books students want to read and teachers want to teach


through personalized libraries and
adaptive assessments


with real-time data that fosters a
growth mindset


students, classrooms, and school
districts exceeding literacy goals

One in nine adult Americans struggle with employment outcomes as well as personal and social well-being – all because of low literacy skills. LightSail is dedicated to turning students into readers who will become engaged global citizens in the 21st Century.

So, in 2012 we got a group of the brightest minds in education together to create the world’s best literacy solution. We knew a few key things from our experience in the classroom:

    • Students grow faster when engaged and challenged by an abundance of just right texts

    • Students are motivated by understanding their own progress data

    • Educators can do more with better progress monitoring

So we set to work crafting, testing, and perfecting the reading experience we wish we had in our own schools.

Today we are advancing literacy in schools all across the US, serving hundreds of thousands of students across nearly 500 districts.

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What’s happening at LightSail
EDUCATION DIVE: New Release of Children’s Digital #DiverseBooks

Children’s digital book publisher Antares Reading today announced it has published an additional 350 new fiction titles for young readers, bringing its total library of texts to 1,200. The new books include series as well as collections of books with recurring characters or subject matter. Futuristic fiction books cover topics based on news headlines, such as […]

LAKE COUNTY NEWS SUN: Gurnee students earn e-books for school library

The Lake County News Sun featured the reading successes of the students at River Trail School in Gurnee School District 56. The school placed third in the nation in The LightSail 25 Reading Challenge, with students reading the equivalent of 19 total hours during the contest.  “As a class, we have taken part in many […]

PRESS ARGUS-COURIER: Students take part in national reading challenge

The Press Argus Courier featured Butterfield Trail Middle School in a recent article, highlighting the school’s participation in LightSail’s nation-wide reading challenge. Students at Butterfield Trail Middle School read the most overall minutes during the month-long challenge, with an impressive total of 379,670 minutes.  “We were thrilled with the high volume of reading our students attained […]

Lightsail is accelerating literacy across the country

Learn more about how other districts are using the LightSail formula to help schools and teachers offer truly differentiated literacy programs that create students who love to read.