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One of the nation's largest independently owned children's publishers with more than 5,000 books in print, including popular books from Sesame Street and more.
The Lerner Difference
Our focus on diversity and inclusiveness flows from the topics we publish all the way to the illustration and photography choices we make for each of our titles. We believe all children deserve to see themselves in a book.
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Our ebooks and digital products provide innovative, engaging reading experiences that build confidence and proficiency—making reading and learning fun, not frustrating. We publish standard ebooks and audiobooks as well as Audisee ebooks with Audio® and Lerner Interactive™ Books for deeper engagement. We also have many books with augmented reality features for a truly immersive experience.
Recognized by Librarians
As a publisher focused on the needs of schools and libraries, we know how to publish books that kids check out again and again. From “Do You Know...” books to graphic novels, we have something for every reader on our shelves.
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Lerner titles have been recognized with more stars and awards than any other school library publisher, with honors including the Coretta Scott King Award, Robert F. Sibert Medals, National Book Award honors, and many more. Our books are highly reviewed and rated by literacy experts in publishing trade journals.
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Learning is better with friends! Grow stronger, smarter, and kinder with new books from Lerner and Sesame Street! Young readers will explore fascinating languages and discover food literacy alongside Big Bird, Elmo, and their favorite Muppets. © 2020 Sesame Workshop®, Sesame Street®, and associated characters, trademarks, and design elements are owned and licensed by Sesame Workshop. All rights reserved.
Some of Lerner’s books include augmented reality content, accessible through the free Lerner AR app on Google Play or the App Store. Companion books Creepy Crawlers in Action, Folding Tech, Space in Action, and The Gross Human Body in Action let readers explore space, bugs, and the human body through interactive augmented reality experiences! Watch a black hole eat a star, see the moon's orbit, look around on Mars as if you're actually there. Learn how boogers work, see inside an artery, and find out how what you eat affects your poop. Watch creepy crawlers lay eggs, hunt prey, and perform a mating dance. Each book contains multiple AR experiences to bring learning to life. It's like a pop-up book for your digital device! See it in action here: https://lernerbooks.com/pages/augmentedreality/
Large Library of Audiobooks
Audiobooks provide a unique and valuable reading experience for all types of learners. They can improve vocabulary, as professional narration guides them through tricky pronunciations. They bypass anxiety around decoding written words and go straight to building background knowledge, connections between concepts, and overall comprehension. Many of our titles are available as audiobooks or Audisee® eBooks with Audio for a great listening experience.
Lerner Sports books bring excitement from the field into readers’ hands. From player biographies to books about the biggest championship games and the greatest teams of all time, Lerner Sports books have something for all fans. The Lerner Sports Database keeps aficionados up to speed with profiles of their favorite players updated regularly.
Audisee® eBooks with Audio combine professional narration and text highlighting to engage reluctant readers and auditory learners. Students in grades K-12 are drawn to the wide variety of titles—from curriculum-oriented nonfiction to page-turning chapter books to award-winning young-adult fiction. Lerner Interactive Books are designed to improve literacy skills for emergent and struggling readers, auditory learners, and ELL/ESL and special needs students. The audio tracks are recorded by professional voice actors, not computerized. The read-aloud operation features three reading speeds—below grade level, at grade level, and fluent—to support individual learners. A comprehension quiz, teaching guide, and fun extras round out these robust multi-media experiences.
Carolrhoda Books picture books and middle-grade titles spark children’s imaginations and stand out not only for their quality, but also for the breadth of genres encompassed, from coming-of-age stories to exceptional nonfiction to mysteries. Carolrhoda authors and illustrators have been honored with awards such as the Coretta Scott King Book Award, the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal, and the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. Millbrook Press publishes informational picture books and photo-driven titles for grades K–5. Our authors and illustrators approach curricular topics with fresh perspectives, unusual points of view, and a good dose of humor. Our fact-filled books draw readers in with engaging writing, high-quality photographs, and a wide variety of illustration styles. We believe nonfiction should be distinctive and memorable, both inside and out.
Graphic novels are a great storytelling form for creators and readers alike. Combining text, dialogue, and imagery to tell stories can capture the interest of beginning or reluctant readers, and are great enjoyment for fluent readers as well. Graphic Universe™ publishes fiction and nonfiction graphic novels for beginning readers, middle-grade readers, and young adults. Our authors and artists include industry veterans and up-and-coming talents from the United States and abroad.
Books can help children develop the non-academic skills and competencies they need to have in order to facilitate learning and succeed in society. We all develop these social-emotional learning (SEL) skills throughout our lives; they help us manage our emotions, relate to each other, and make decisions that not only affect our lives but everyone around us. Lerner has assembled both fiction and nonfiction books that help readers reflect on SEL characteristics, discuss values and decisions, examine characters’ responses to situations, and deepen their understanding of SEL skills.
Discover some of our favorite STEM-centric new releases that spark curiosity in readers of every age. Find books for animal enthusiasts, beginning coders, engineering enthusiasts, and more with biographies, all-about surveys, and books filled with activities and experiments covering science, technology, engineering, and math.
Books have the power to affirm our identities, to build understanding with people unlike ourselves, to challenge our misconceptions, and to broaden our awareness of the world. Lerner’s commitment to publishing diverse titles spans which stories we tell, whose artwork we commission, and what kind of people are represented in the photography in our nonfiction titles. From books sharing previously untold stories to books celebrating differences of all kinds, we strive to provide windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors into all experiences of life.
Carolrhoda Lab® is dedicated to publishing unflinching, voice-driven narratives that enthrall and challenge teen readers. Our books examine teenage life from many different perspectives, allowing YA readers to explore new and surprising ways of thinking about themselves and the world around them. Our list includes many titles recognized with starred reviews and awards, including Printz Honor Awards and a National Book Award Finalist.
Twenty-First Century Books™ is a trusted source for engaging upper-grades nonfiction, focusing on topical, high-interest subjects across a diverse spectrum of disciplines, cultures, and points of view. These titles are excellent launch pads for stimulating in-depth research and foster an awareness of and commitment to the pleasures and rewards of nonfiction reading. Zest Books™ is a leader in young adult nonfiction, publishing books on entertainment, history, science, health, fashion, and lifestyle advice. The award-winning books are attractively designed, well researched, smart, and easy to read. Whether you’re looking for better ways to cope with stress, new options for life after high school, or a bit more pop culture blended into your information, we’ve got a book for you!
Kid-friendly, dynamic designs, eye-catching photography, and engaging text explore topics such as STEM, animals, sports, history, holidays, biographies, hands-on activities, and more. Innovative features, diagrams, and digital extensions support comprehension and encourage reader engagement.
Paired Fiction and Nonfiction
Pull Ahead Readers help young readers build literacy skills with paired nonfiction and fiction series. Simple text patterns support emergent readers as they build their recognition of high-frequency sight words while strong photo-text matches help them predict unfamiliar words. Teaching guides and other tools accompany each title.
From Alice and the Wizard of Oz to Hamlet and Don Quixote, your favorite characters from literature are now accessible from any digital device. First Avenue Classics transform unabridged versions of literary staples into compelling digital layouts, making the books appealing and easier to read. Students and educators will be able to easily navigate the fixed-format pagination and hyperlinked table of contents. When available, original illustrations are also featured.
Founded in 1974 and with over 400 titles in print, Kar-Ben is the largest publisher of exclusively Jewish-themed children’s books in the world, publishing 18-20 new, high quality children’s titles each year. Subjects include fiction and nonfiction for preschool through middle school, including Jewish holiday books, life-cycle stories, Bible tales, folktales, stories about Israel, and Jewish history, reflecting the rich cultural diversity of today’s Jewish family.
Lerner’s books have been recognized with the American Library Association’s Coretta Scott King Awards and Honors, Robert F. Sibert Awards and Honors, Batchelder Honors, Printz Honors, Sydney Taylor Honors and many other national and state award citations.
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Rock star homeschoolers with kids of all ages, reading levels, and learning styles love LightSail.
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Julie from Julie Naturally | Homeschooling Mom of Reluctant Readers
My favorite thing about LightSail for Homeschoolers is that it helps kids improve their reading skills without them even knowing it! Through the assessment tool and asking your child about their preferred book genres, the program finds books for your child. These books are not only at their reading level, but also from their chosen genres. That way, it’s a win-win.
"I need something for a teenager that won’t make him start at a basic level and that takes his large vocabulary into account as well. So, when I discovered LightSail for Homeschoolers, I got excited."
[LightSail] cleverly designed the questions to test not only reading ability, but comprehension and vocabulary at the same time. Their assessment tool prevents kids from just guessing or copying what the passage said. I really liked this because my kids have been known to figure out how to “beat the test.”
LightSail offers books from all your favorite publishers, so there’s no hokey “formula” readers. Personally, I hate that! LightSail contains an extensive collection of tens of thousands of engaging books and multimedia content from respected publishers such as World Book and Lerner Publishing, as well as trusted homeschool and faith-based publishers. Parents customize this collection to the individual needs of their children and their family values through LightSail’s ChildSafe Content Control Service and reading- and grade-level appropriateness controls. These are books that their friends are reading, that they’re talking about, that they’ve heard of on social media or elsewhere.
Shawna from Different by Design | Homeschooler of an Older Struggling Reader
LightSail is an excellent option for struggling readers. Every step of the way is designed in an accessible, multisensory format. And, best of all, it accommodates both reading level and maturity in it’s application.
LightSail has writing activities that complement the reading assignments. There is also a chat feature for parents and children to interact within the platform. This allows learners to practice writing in ways that are natural and integrated into the reading itself. (No more random worksheets!)
LightSail fluency tools allow your child to record themselves reading a portion of a book aloud and then send it to you. The learner can play their own recording back, and re-record it until they are happy with it. This interactive and multisensory approach to reading practice is revolutionary. It’s also so much more fun!
Virginia from That Bald Chick | Homeschooler of a Child with Dyslexia and Vision Issues
LightSail also has tools for struggling learners. The line isolator tool is a game changer and I literally had tears when I found it. In addition to dyslexia, my daughter has a history of saccadic eye movement which makes reading even more difficult. She did vision therapy for years and does eye exercises to control the rapid shifts of gaze, but when she’s tired, isolating lines is very helpful for her. She can change the number of lines that are isolated and she can change the color of the isolated lines and background. She can also have the lines read to hear. Game. Changer.
Every 15 days, LightSail automatically updates your child’s Lexile score, allowing every feature to be tailored precisely to their reading level. There are built-in comprehension assessments that help you determine whether your child is absorbing what they’re reading. With over 150 new Library Collections, curated by homeschoolers, there’s sure to be something to snag your child’s interest!
I am really excited about are the LightSail fluency tools. These tools allow your child to record themselves reading a portion of a book aloud and send it to you for assessment. Students can play their own recording back and re-record it until they are happy with it. It then allows you to listen to the recording with text on screen, so you can assess what they’ve omitted, inserted, mispronounced, substituted, repeated, or self corrected. This is huge for us, since our 12yo has dyslexia and fluency is a struggle. It’s difficult to assess at times, though, because I either have to be reading over her shoulder (which she hates) or I have to have a second copy of the text (which can run expensive). This will enable us to work on fluency in a non-intimidating way.
Leah from As We Walk Along the Road | Veteran Homeschooling Mama
"You can access great books for your kids… without taking library trips or incurring library fines. Ya’ll, I’m the queen of library fines. Sometimes I think that my family single-handedly supports the budget of our local library. Combine that tendency to never return books on time with the struggle of trying to find specific books I want the kids to read, and you’ll understand why the ease of finding books in the LightSail platform is such a benefit."
There is a HUGE variety of content available with your LightSail for Homeschoolers membership. But that doesn’t mean that you have to let your kids access it all. When you see the platform, you might find titles you don’t want your kids to read. Maybe they are too young for some books. Or, perhaps there are some books you object to because of content. And you can always choose to restrict access to some books. You can also assign specific books to your children. In other words, even though there is a huge library, you still have control over what they’re reading.
[O]ne benefit of reading aloud that I love is the great discussions that it can facilitate. But when kids are reading a book independently, those discussions can be more difficult to carry on. Yes, you can talk about the book after they finish it or as they finish chapters. But often those important ideas and conversations come in the midst of reading. LightSail for Homeschoolers has a chat option that is perfect for this. As your child reads and something comes up- a question, a comment, an opinion- they can just click the chat button. When you check the chat later, you can keep the conversation going. Awesome!
Natasha from Houseful of Nicholes | Working Mom & Homeschooler of Four
LightSail for Homeschoolers is interactive, so there is no reason for your students NOT to be actively involved in their lessons. From clicking on words to strengthen their vocabulary to learning how to pronounce the words properly, it’s all there. It seems the program designers have thought of every scenario and helped us land in a positive way each and every time.
"I’ve found that with work picking up for me these days with my nonprofit, I’m not always able to focus for hours on end and have to trust that my children can be self-led to complete there work. However, I have the world’s smartest kids and sometimes I’ve found that they have perfect the illusion of completing schoolwork without actually doing it. This often leads to my husband or I having to sit with them as they complete their schoolwork and listen while they read out loud or share what they have learned. Instead, I’m directing them to discuss the information with each other – and help process what they’ve read in a peer-to-peer way. This curriculum supports that and more."
"Writing activities complement reading assignments, and LightSail’s chat feature allows parents and children to interact and engage through the platform. Furthermore, LightSail parents have real-time access to meaningful data about their children’s reading and writing trends, comprehension, and growth that allows them to guide, create, and enhance the learning experience. This is where we actually struggle the most. In a digital world, it’s proven difficult in our homeschool to get the kids to write in a way that is conclusive. In order to foster this, we’ve had them all write letters regularly to people in our family. Paired with the writing assignments in LightSail for Homeschoolers, they have more to talk about and they can put those skills to the test both on screen and on paper."
I have a bit of nostalgia when seeing that so many of the books are published by World Book. If you don’t recognize that publisher, just know that for so many afternoons I poured over the set of encyclopedias that we had in our home thanks to my dad being employed there. Those were the days.
Tiffany from Homeschool Hideout | Self-Proclaimed Lazy Homeschooler
LightSail offers a family-friendly learning experience for all ages! It’s the best thing to hit the homeschool world since denim jumpers! 😉
LightSail offers tens of thousands of child-friendly books from some of the world’s leading publishers for all ages! These are an amazing way to get your hands on some of the best books in the world, without hundreds of trips to the library! (Not to mention, we save money each month by avoiding those pesky library fines that we seem to accrue each month.)
If you’re wondering how to improve reading and writing skills, this is it! It’s exactly what you need if your child loves to be challenged and earn rewards. You simply can’t miss this personalized educational journey!
Sara from Classically Homeschooling | Homeschooling Mom of Six
"Just think about it for a second. You get access to tens of thousands of books for your children should the libraries shut down again this fall. You won’t clutter up your house trying to store these books. And you won’t spend a fortune purchasing each and every book! And what I love the most, is there’s a classics tab right in the library that takes you straight to beloved children’s classics."
"I only have so much room in my house to store books and I don’t have an unlimited budget to purchase all the books I want. That’s why I was thrilled to run across LightSail for Homeschoolers."
And what I love the most, is there’s a classics tab right in the library that takes you straight to beloved children’s classics... And to make your life easier, each book or poem includes a reading Lexile score. You’ll know instantly if the books are a good reading level for your kids… not too hard and not too easy!
Marla from Jump into Genius | Homeschooling Mom to an Advanced Reader
I think it is an excellent tool, not only for homeschoolers, but also for any parents looking to help improve their child’s reading abilities in the evenings, weekends, or during the summer.
"I tested my advanced reader, who just completed his sophomore year of high school. He tested out of all power texts, with a lexile score of 1759, the program does not have texts to help him improve from there. The highest lexile score is 2000, and I find very few books with a rating that high. But the truth is, with a score like that, he doesn’t need to work on improving reading comprehension. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the program could still be useful for such a student. The library full of classics ensures he will have plenty to read, and the search abilities make it easy to match his literature to other subjects. "
Overall, I would say the biggest strength of this program is that it is very easy for both parents and kids to use. I also love that it includes a lot of classics. The library is huge and your child can find books on topics they find interesting. I am excited to continue using this with my kids.
Brandi from Mama Teaches | Classroom Teacher Turned Homeschooling Mom
The LightSail for Homeschoolers language arts platform provides parents with a comprehensive and engaging online reading and writing program for children in grades pre-K through 12. That means you can use it with all of your children at the same time! As a homeschool mom with three children all at different reading levels – this is a huge plus. I could have my dyslexic son reading a book at his level while my advanced reader reads a book at his – all while using the same program and not having to buy yet another program.
A foundation in the science of reading and writing combined with the experience of a team of home educators creates a family-friendly learning experience advancing skills in reading, writing, vocabulary, and fluency. The LightSail literacy platform that has enhanced learning for over 5 million school students is now tailored especially to the educational goals of homeschoolers. As a former teacher, this was really important to me, because there are so many programs out there that are not backed by science and research and it shows. So, to have a reading library that is, just makes it even more wonderful.
Parents customize this collection to the individual needs of their children and their family values through LightSail’s ChildSafe Content Control Service and reading- and grade-level appropriateness controls. That means that if you only want your child to read faith-based publications you can set that up. Conversely, if you want to keep religion out of their readings, you can customize it so those don’t appear in their searches.
Charlotte from My Little Homeschool | Mom of Twin Boys
LightSail offers a comprehensive and complete homeschool reading curriculum that is full to the brim with super cool features.
I have always been a big fan of online homeschooling and electronic resources. I adore books but they can be expensive, especially if you have kids who are avid readers like mine. And as their tastes and abilities change, it can be hard to keep up! The sheer size of the LightSail libraries offers kids everything they could possibly want to read.
The Flip-Flop Mode requires kids to read a Power Text, and then allows them to read in Free Mode. This works really well for us because my kids are ADHD and can easily flit from book to book. With this tool I know that they’re reading a text that will help them to improve their skills. And then they can go wild after that.
The fluency part of [LightSail] is also super cool! I remember how daunting reading aloud in class was for me. LightSail overcomes this by allowing kids to record and re-record themselves reading aloud, and then submitting their reading for grading or feedback. I think it’s a fantastic way to build confidence in a safe environment.
Charlotte from My Little Homeschool | Mom of Twin Boys
I particularly like that when your child clicks on a book, LightSail loads available related content. It gives them links to videos, audiobooks, World Book articles, and more to dive deeper if the subject grabs their interest. With tens of thousands of books to choose from, there is the perfect title waiting to be found. Not to mention, no library late fees!
"LightSail truly is an all-in-one online reading program tailored to homeschoolers, and that will help your child increase their fluency and comprehension. The many features also allow you to use it as you would like in your homeschool. It can be simply an online library for your children to access, or you can tailor it to include unit studies, assessments, and writing practice.
It might take you a bit of time, but your homeschool will benefit from the power of LightSail."
Controls on content within LIghtSail are beneficial and precise. They have taken the time and effort to identify topics and content families may have an issue with and give you the tools to filter what you want your child to access.
One feature I particularly enjoy is the Collections. Think of them as unit studies, and it all makes sense. There are many premade collections for you to choose from and more to be added, but the best is that you can create your own right within LightSail.
Christine from The Homeschool House | Second-Generation Homeschooler
"First of all, I loved the level of parental settings available. I didn’t have to worry about my children accessing any books with content I wasn’t comfortable with.
In fact, you can set it so that they have to request approval for a book and you can review it and decide whether it’s okay for them to read or not."
"[T]here are several tools to make reading easier for the child who might struggle with distractions or overwhelm.
I found this particularly helpful for my 6-year old son who is still a budding reader.
You’re able to have them focus on just one word at a time and really reduce outside distractions."
"I think this program is perfect for travelling families, international families, or those who just don’t have room for a lot of physical curriculum.
This program is easily accessible from many devices and would work really well if you are on the go a lot or can’t afford shipping costs for traditional paper curriculum."
I also love the idea that my child can learn to read while also gaining basic computer-use skills. It’s a win-win in that sense.
Ashley from Forgetful Momma | Secular Homeschooler of Three
This program is going to be a great addition to our homeschool year, and give everyone something to do while I work one on one with each of my kids.
There are some great books available in both fiction and non-fiction. And you know what features they both have are? Questions about the book for your child to answer. This really gets them thinking about what they have read which I, personally, love.
This online platform and eLibrary adapts to and challenges growing readers and writers while personalizing their educational journey.
Adelien from Blessed Learners | Homeschooling with English as a Second Language
Setting goals in terms of habits and achievements is a great way to improve reading skills. LightSail for Homeschoolers helps learners to set their goals and to help them track.
Besides reading various genres in several media, learners will need to use their reading skills in all academic subjects, such as social studies and science. LightSail for Homeschoolers has a rich library with non-fiction resources that includes geography, history, science, religion, and classics.
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These content controls contain dozens of nuanced subcategories for potentially objectionable material based on both maturity and religious factors. Then, it shows parents if a book contains a reference to any of those subcategories and allows them to block or allow single titles or entire subcategories for each child individually. Our ChildSafe Content Controls offer unprecedented insight into and control over the content your children consume without the need to read every book in advance.
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