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The Very Ready Reading Program Small Steps, Big Results

  • Enriches early literacy storytimes
  • Focuses on kids (birth–age 5)
  • Provides 3 complete curriculums
  • Involves parents

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3 Curriculums

Customized, age-appropriate curriculums mirror child brain development. Purchase individually or as a Complete Program for the best value.

Supporting Products

Flash cards, growth charts, mini posters and more help caregivers share simple, deliberate behaviors with their children at home to boost literacy skills.

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Take a closer look at The Very Ready Reading Program. You’ll see how all 3 curriculums follow a consistent format, yet feature customized content based on each age group’s developmental needs.

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Sue McCleaf Nespeca

Sue McCleaf Nespeca

Sue McCleaf Nespeca has more than 30 years of experience in youth services library work. She heads Kit Lit Plus Consulting, providing training and consulting services to librarians, teachers and early childhood educators. She is also an adjunct instructor at Kent State University's Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences in Ohio.


  • Early Childhood Literacy
  • Interactive Storytelling
  • Children's Literature
  • Information Literacy
  • Graduate Library Studies Instruction


  • Master's in Early Childhood Education, Kent State University
  • Master's in Library Science, University of Pittsburgh
  • Bachelor of Science in English, York College of Pennsylvania

Noteworthy Achievements

  • One of only 6 national trainers for the American Library Association's Every Child Ready to Read®
  • Featured children's and family literacy speaker at more than 500 conferences and workshops throughout the U.S.
  • Author of several journal articles and books, including:
    • "Picture Books Plus: 100 Extension Activities in Art, Drama, Music, Math, and Science
    • "Library Programming for Families with Young Children"

Dr. Pam Schiller

Dr. Pam Schiller

Dr. Pam Schiller is an early childhood consultant and academic leader. Pam was a child-care administrator for several years and also taught in the public school system as a kindergarten teacher. She served as head of the Early Childhood Department at the University of Houston, where she also directed the Lab School.


  • Early Child Development
  • Brain Development/Neuroscience
  • Education
  • Curriculum/Teaching Resources
  • Childcare Administration
  • Authorship


  • Doctorate in Child Development, Texas Woman's University
  • Master's in Early Childhood Education, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Stephen F. Austin State University

Noteworthy Achievements

  • Lead developer of the American Library Association's infant, preschool and kindergarten curriculums.
  • Popular presenter/speaker for workshops, radio and television interviews, and keynote addresses.
  • Pam's best-selling books include:
    • "The Complete Resource Book for Infants"
    • "The Complete Resource Book for Toddlers and Twos"
    • "The Complete Book of Rhymes, Songs, Poems, Fingerplays and Chants"
    • "The Cow Jumped Over the Moon"
    • "Where is Thumbkin?"
    • "Do You Know the Muffin Man?"

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"I believe in The Very Ready Reading Program. I'm seeing more and more parents and children come to storytimes and get excited about books."

Early Literacy Coordinator,
Vernon Area Public Library