Helping Kids Become Confident Readers

Story Mentors is an exciting new online intervention library for beginning and struggling readers. Check out our amazing free resources: 25 leveled beginning readers, mentor guides, at-home resources, and more.

How Story Mentors Works

Register for free access to Story Mentors

Story Mentors books may be read online or downloaded and printed. You’ll find children’s books, mentor guides, and parent resources.

Match struggling readers with Story Mentors

Story Mentors may be upper-grade students, parent volunteers, or caring community members.

Students read and engage with their Story Mentors

After each mentor session, students bring home fun follow-up reading activities to do with their families.

Struggling students become more confident readers

One-on-one reading practice with a mentor is proven to help emerging readers progress.


“Story Mentors books are exactly what I’ve been needing for my first graders! They’re online and they’re free. My students can read them wherever they go.”

—Morgan Meehan, teacher, Hampden, Maine


“My son loves reading his Story Mentors books to me. He is making so much progress!”

—Hannah Hudson, parent, Denver, Colorado


"She actually adores reading now and can sound out words she doesn’t understand.”

—Jahslyn L., mentor, Jacksonville, Florida

Books and Resources

Starting or joining a mentor program for struggling first-grade readers? Here’s all you’ll need! You’ll find 25 leveled readers to engage developing readers. Included with each book is a mentor guide with step-by-step instructions for your session. You’ll also find a parent guide for each book to help parents connect with their child’s reading life through reading and activities.

Here are some sample pages:


The Story Mentors program is generously provided to the public by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Our vision is to foster the opportunity for every man, woman, and child to secure a better life through literacy.