MORE Parent Summer Reading Resources

Dear Parents, 

We know that when children continue reading over the summer --especially when families read together-- that student reading improves.  We also understand how challenging it can be to find good reading resources.  We hope that the books and resources we're providing below help you keep reading this summer.

Stay safe and keep reading!

The READS Lab Team

MORE Reading Fun App

Do you have a iOS (iPhone, iPad, Mac) or Android (phone, tablet) device?  Students and parents can access all the app content below plus enjoy fun activities by downloading the MORE Reading Fun App.


Click here for instructions on how to download the app.


Need help with the app?


Video Read Alouds -- Sing Along!

Sing the More Theme song along with our talented musicians. 



Check out some of the books with songs below.  Click here to meet the musicians.

MORE ThemeMORE Singers
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Woops Books

Barack Obama: How I Wooped the 2008 Presidential Election
By Kristia Wantchekon
Read the Book
Barack ObamaRobbie Pate
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Harriet Tubman: How I Wooped Life
By Kristia Wantchekon
Read the Book
Harriet TubmanNedelka Prescod
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Jamarion Styles: How I Wooped Life
By Laura Mesite and Lacey LaHaie
Read the Book
Jamarion StylesRobbie Pate
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Kathryn Johnson
By Leah Dodell and Laura Mesite
Read the Book
Katherine JohnsonNedelka Prescod
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Sonia Sotomayor: How I Wooped Life
By Laura Mesite
Read the Book
Sonya SotomayorNedelka Prescod
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John Urschel: How I Wooped Life
By Laura Mesite and James Kim
Read the Book
John UrschelRobbie Pate
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Adaptation Poems

All for One
Better Together
Cow Chow
Crow Know
Dog Smarts
Finding the Words
How Does Your Garden Grow

Meet the Musicians!




Josh Gilbert received his Bachelor of Music degree at New England Conservatory and completed his Master of Education degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in its Arts in Education program in 2017.  Josh’s research experience includes work with the Center for Music and the Arts in Education, Harvard Project Zero, and Harvard’s READS Lab. Josh’s academic publications have appeared in Arts Education Policy Review, and most recently, a chapter in Music Learning as Youth Development co-authored with Dr. Lawrence Scripp. Currently, Josh is working with Dr. Scripp on a comprehensive early-childhood music curriculum for MindChamps PreSchools in Southeast Asia

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Isaac Levien

Isaac Levien is a multifaceted musician and educator from Lexington, MA. Isaac studied jazz bass at New England Conservatory of Music where he received a Bachelor in Music and contemporary performance at Berklee College of Music’s Global Jazz Institute, where he received his Master’s degree. Throughout his time in Boston Isaac performed regularly around the city with groups ranging from jazz to avant-garde to hip-hop to singer-songwriter projects at Boston’s top venues.  Isaac has had multiple opportunities to perform and teach around the world including a week at the Conservatory von Amsterdam for their Keep an Eye Jazz Trip and two consecutive trips to the annual Panama Jazz Festival. Isaac has performed with a number of renowned jazz musicians including George Garzone, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jason Palmer, and Dominique Eade. Isaac recently relocated from Boston to NYC where he joined the Harmony Program as a low strings teacher and was hired as a music faculty at the Heschel School.

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Robbie Pate

Robert Pate is a jazz vocalist and pianist from Baltimore Maryland, and currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts. Robert has performed at several venues throughout the Boston and Baltimore area such as MFA in Boston, and the Museum of African American History.


Most notably, Robbie spent the winter of 2018 touring with the Alexey Podymkin Quartet and has graced the stages of The Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall with the BSO Pops Orchestra, and Fenway Park with the ZAC BROWN BAND and at the Beat Brasserie for a Prince Tribute concert. He has studied at the Baltimore School for the Arts with Kelli Young and Joyce Hubbard, and continued his studies at Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory with Aubrey Johnson, Bradford Gleim, Dominique Eade, Bert Seager and Ran Blake.

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Nedelka Prescod

Nedelka Prescod is a vocalist, arranger, songwriter, teacher and a mother. She has performed or recorded with Kenny Garrett, Danilo Perez, Fred Hersch, Jason Moran, Marcello Pelliterri Jowee Omicil, the Omar Thomas Large Ensemble. She can also be heard on her independently released solo recording project, Manifest and her recently released single, "The Light" on Bandcamp. Nedelka is on the faculty of Berklee College of Music, Boston Trinity Academy and the New England Conservatory of Music.