Reader's Theater

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Improve Reading Fluency and Comprehension with Playbooks®, the Best Reader's Theater Program Available



Playbooks® Reader's Theater Program

Playbooks® is the leading social-interactive, role-play reading enrichment program in the nation with its patented Roleplay Reader® format of color-coded dialogue text, and easier and harder roles in the same story. Playbooks® materials have been making a difference in schools since 2001 and provide the most comprehensive tools for effective Reader's Theater implementation. 

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What is Reader's Theater?

Reader's Theater is a great way to teach a love of reading and increase fluency and comprehension. It is a method of reading a story aloud, like a play, without memorization, props, or a stage. Students are each assigned a character role and read their part with expression, meaning, and enthusiasm. It's best done in small, non-threatening groups of approximately 6 students so students can become practiced at their roles prior to reading/performing in front of a group or audience. 

Reader's Theater also meets nearly 50 objectives in the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy, as well as most State Standards!

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U.S. Department of Education

"Repeated and monitored oral reading most effectively improves reading fluency and overall reading achievement."

-Put Reading First (Second Edition)

National Reading Panel

"Fluency is the crucial bridge between word recognition and comprehension. And repeated oral readings are a key method for building fluency in all students."

-Teaching Children to Read

Loyola University 

"Word recognition and reading comprehension improves 27% when text is presented in color compared to bold text, and 35% when presented in color compared to contrasting fonts"

Why Playbooks®?

Playbooks® is the leading social-interactive, role-play reading enrichment program in the nation with its patented Roleplay Reader® format of color-coded dialogue text and easier and harder roles in the same story.

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3000+ Programs

Used in 3000+ School, Summer and After School Programs

6 million Students

Positively impacted over 6 million students

130+ Titles

Over 130 Titles to choose from across Grade Levels and SEL Topics

Print & Virtual Formats for In-Person & Distance Learning


Playbooks® have Proven Outcomes

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Grades K - 2

There's No One Like You

In this cute story, each animal is self-conscious about a different body part. For example, Geri the giraffe thinks her neck is too long. It’s lucky they all have such good friends to tell them how being different can be a good thing!

Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 1-3

Grade 3 - 5

Mini, the Super Watermelon

Did you know watermelons are super foods packed with vitamins? This is just what Mini learns when she wanders away from the vine. Discover Mini's superpowers and some interesting, healthy facts with this powerful little heroine!

Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 2-5

Grade 6 - 8

Planet Parade

Some of the planets are grumbling about their places in the solar system. When they contemplate trading their spots in the planet parade, will the solar system continue to operate like normal or will our planetary friends spin into chaos?

Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 2-5

Implementation Tools

We know efficacy is often based on implementation, so we've provided you a full implementation program to help you support your students and deliver the best experience possible. Our resource library includes videos, teacher's guides, printables, student awards, and teacher's certifications.

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How to Order

We know there are a lot of options so let us help you navigate all our programs to help you find the best one for you. You can order online or call, email or fax any questions or orders. 

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