Beyond Decodables is the result of nearly 4 years of partnership, piloting, iterative improvements, and rigorous research. These books have been reviewed by multiple teachers, district leaders, researchers, and children in order to ensure they are ready to support your readers.

meet dr. julia lindsey


Dr. Julia B. Lindsey is the creator and author of Beyond Decodables. Julia is an early literacy consultant, former elementary teacher, dog-lover. She specializes in supporting districts, curriculum publishers, and program developers in giving children access to high-quality, research-based foundational reading experiences. Julia's work also focuses on ensuring children receive culturally sustaining and empowering literacy instruction from an early age. Seeing the need for children to apply phonics in meaningful texts, Julia (along with various partners and supporters, including her doctoral advisor, Dr. Nell K. Duke) offers a new framework for thinking about books for beginning readers-- Beyond Decodables.

Julia received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan's School of Education, specializing in Literacy, Language, and Culture. She also received an MAT from Relay Graduate School of Education and a BS in Psychology from Davidson College.

Julia has co-authored several book chapters, presented at research conferences, and provided professional development to groups of educators.

thank you boston public schools

A big thank you for the invaluable partnership of Brooke Childs, the support of the Boston Public Schools Department of Early Childhood, and series illustrator Meghan Shea. Texts currently available were created in conjunction with BPS and most are also available on the Focus on Early Learning website.

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