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.
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The Lerner Difference
Our focus on diversity and inclusion is evident 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.
Books for Every Reader
We publish books on a variety of topics with options at each reading level. That means, regardless of reading level, your child can find a book on an age-appropriate topic that interests them!
More Digital Formats
Our ebooks and digital offerings make reading and learning fun, not frustrating. Our digital formats provide innovative and engaging content that enhances, rather than distracts, from the reading experience. 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 readers across the spectrum of skills will want to check out again and again. From “Do You Know…” books to graphic novels, we have something for every reader on our shelves.
More Stars & Awards
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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Engage your struggling reader’s interests with curated collections of books from Lerner Publishing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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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.
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LightSail gives you access to some of the best books in the world. You don’t have to worry about multiple trips to the library, library fines, or if the unthinkable happens and the library gets shut down again!
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I think LightSail is a fantastic resource for homeschoolers from Pre-K through high school and an excellent option for struggling readers.
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With over ten thousand books they are sure to find something they enjoy.
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What is great with Lightsail is that the child can record themselves reading aloud, and send the recording to us, the parents!
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The key to enthusiastic readers is having a wide variety of books available. However, building that personal library can get expensive. Even if you’re using the library, there are still late fees (come on admit you frequently have overdue books). Well, Lightsail for Homeschoolers has solved the problem of building your library with an online reading program you’ll love.
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[T]he big thing that will appeal to homeschool moms of all stripes is the ability to pre-approve different types of books depending on different categories.
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The LightSail for Homeschoolers Library is enormous. Not only does the library include texts on a variety of subjects and content areas, but videos, audiobooks, images, and even TED talks are all available at my disposal. It’s no longer necessary for me to scour the internet for appropriate videos or drive over to the library to borrow books (that, inevitably, will result in late fees because…life) to supplement our homeschool lessons. Now, I just need to log-in to my LightSail for Homeschoolers account, search by keyword or subject, and then assign my findings to my kids. As my kids would say, “easy peasy, lemon squeezy!”
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.
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I’m probably a little more excited about LightSail’s ChildSafe Content Controls than a normal person should be, but well, this is one company that got it right.
What I like about their ChildSafe Content Control is the different levels of management. I can choose to completely block entire categories if I know my child is not yet ready for them or if they are simply controversial topics. But, I can also choose to have my child ask permission and this would allow me to make decisions on a case-by-case basis.
One of the biggest benefits of an online language arts program that includes all the books online, is you can easily take it with you. Beautiful day out? Head outside. Traveling? No problem. Being online makes it easy to adapt to where you are.
These features along with LightSail’s four pillars of literacy (reading, writing, vocabulary, and fluency) make LighSail for Homeschoolers the best online language arts platform I have found. Because LighSail uses active home educators in developing their content, they know what we as homeschoolers are looking for.
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LightSail’s platform is an effective reading program that is designed based on the science of reading and writing and is already used by more than 5 million students in public schools. Now a team of home educators has customized LightSail for home use to create an amazing homeschool curriculum!
The library inside LightSail for Homeschoolers is the best thing about this program! The collection includes over 12,000 books and multimedia resources from publishers including World Book and Lerner Publishing. There are also faith-based collections and classic homeschool books.
I like that LightSail leaves it up to individual parents to decide what content they would like their children to be able to access.
The LightSail parent dashboard is a really helpful tool for homeschool parents. The dashboard allows me to see at a glance exactly which books my kids are reading. I can see which assignments they have completed and where they are in the learning process. I can also see their Lexile scores, and how many questions they answered correctly in the books they have read.
It is great to be able to create a customized goal for each child, and then assign a reward from me that will display when they complete their goal. I love that parents can create both the goals and the rewards for their kids themselves. This is such a meaningful way to celebrate their kids’ hard work.
My son has always had a love of reading, but he tends to read quickly and has a hard time remembering what he has read. I noticed that the comprehension checks forced him to slow down and think about what the text was saying. I am already seeing improvements in his reading comprehension, and I know that this literacy program is making him a better reader.
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"When reading in LightSail, the minutes read are automatically tracked and recorded. This is super helpful for me because record keeping is not my strength.
MOM-WIN At the end of the year, I’ll have a record of all the online books read (including minutes and pages)."
LightSail records the books, minutes and pages read. The gradebook keeps track of assessments. At the end of the year it’ll be there ready and waiting!
RJ (third grade) loved recording her voice and listening to herself reading.
Using ChildSafe Content Controls, I am able to block or require approval for books based on content. For example, I’ve blocked content that includes scary imagery from my third grader. She has too many scary dreams!
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How does LightSail’s childsafe protection work?
At LightSail, a parent’s ability to oversee their child’s online experience and align it with their faith and values is of the utmost importance. To this end, LightSail contains an entire suite of parental control features and never-before-seen ChildSafe Content Controls giving parents ultimate peace of mind.
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.
- Block or allow individual pieces of content.
- Block or allow entire subcategories of content.
- Require a child to request parental approval before opening entire subcategories of content.
- Block, allow, or require requesting parental approval for all Classics library content.
- Block or require requesting parental approval for all unrated content.
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