JillE Literacy

Extraordinary classroom libraries with built-in support for all teachers and learners

Rigby JillE Literacy offers a unique collection of K-3 materials that: 

  • Save time with built-in instructional support that minimizes planning and preparation.
  • Engage young readers with captivating stories, poems, and informational texts. 
  • Teach the essential literacy skills students need to become proficient readers.
Collage of JillE Lit Resources

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JillE Literacy was created to address the toughest challenges facing today’s teachers—

Challenge 1

TIME

Ask any teacher the biggest challenge they face, and the answer will invariably be time—not enough time for planning, for teaching, for giving every student the individual attention and support they need. As a former elementary classroom teacher herself, Jill Eggleton understands this challenge. She created JillE Literacy with built-in tools and lessons that let teachers spend less time planning and more time teaching.

Teachers need books that work as hard as they do.

With at-a-glance guidance built into every resource, JillE Literacy has prepared every whole-class and small-group lesson with the instructional tools teachers need, right at their fingertips. For every small-group Leveled Book, a Take & Teach version with built-in teaching panels provides a mirror image of the student version with suggested instructional prompts right on the page for every step of the lesson.

Demonstration of Teacher Panels

The panels that come on the pages of JilleE books provide teachers with an invaluable tool. We are able to ask deep level questions while providing support and continuous exposure to skills and strategies early, emergent, and fluent readers need at each stage of development. They are my favorite resource to use when teaching reading!

– Cathy Huhnerkoch, First Grade Teacher

For more information, check out the built-in support in these sample books, poems, and lessons:

Challenge 2

ENGAGEMENT

There is no room for struggle, pain, or boredom in reading. To engage young readers, teachers need books and poems that spark emotion, imagination, critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity. Just as you can’t light a fire with a wet match, you can’t kindle a love of reading with boring, lifeless texts.

Engagement is key.

Baboons Nest

As teachers, we need to ask: 

  • Will this text engage students?
  • Will it make them laugh, or feel moved in some way? 
  • Will they be encouraged to think, make connections, visualize because the words are painting pictures in their heads?
  • And will it have an impact on their social and emotional learning?

The texts in JillE Literacy were created to spark emotion, imagination, critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity with engaging stories, intriguing topics, and striking visuals, while providing multiple opportunities to teach essential literacy and social-emotional skills.

“My students love the shared books and poems that Jill Eggleton has written. The rhyme and repetition give them confidence to share and read!

– Marcy Colwell, EL Specialist

To see some of the engaging materials in JillE Literacy, check out these sample books, poems, and resources:

Challenge 3

FOUNDATIONAL LITERACY SKILLS

Foundational literacy skills need to be explicitly and systematically taught.

JillE Literacy embeds explicit instruction and repeated practice in foundational literacy skills throughout every text, uniquely using highly engaging, level-appropriate books and poems rather than decodable texts.

Specific skills taught include:

Specific Decoding Strategies

  • Using initial letters and sounds to begin decoding words
  • Blending sounds from left to right
  • Looking for known letters, blends, and digraphs
  • Using meaning, syntax, and visual clues to support decoding
  • Monitoring accuracy
  • Using familiar spelling patterns
  • Using word parts, such as prefixes, suffixes, and syllables

Specific Comprehension Skills

  • Making and checking predictions
  • Asking and answering questions
  • Retelling and summarizing
  • Making connections and inferences
  • Visualizing, comparing, and contrasting
  • Analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing
  • Identifying main ideas, causes and effects, problems and solutions, theme, and author’s purpose
  • Supporting ideas with text evidence

Download Systematic Support for Phonics & Decoding

“I have been a teacher for 18 years, and I have become a much better teacher of reading and comprehension by using the panel suggestions in the leveled and shared reading books. The notes do a GREAT job meeting students’ diverse needs.”

– Renee Schultz, Kindergarten Teacher

Designed for differentiation

No two children are alike when it comes to literacy development. Language and reading abilities vary from child to child—regardless of age. That’s why it’s essential to differentiate materials and instruction based on children’s stage of language and literacy development rather than their chronological age.

JillE Literacy supports all learners with:

Whole-class resources that use scaffolded read-aloud and shared reading approaches to make grade-level texts accessible to all students, regardless of stage. Vibrant illustrations and rich language build a love of reading while teaching essential literacy skills in context. 

  • Shared Books
  • Poetry Cards
  • Read Aloud Books

Learn More About Whole-Class Resources

Small-group resources that use leveled materials to target the skills appropriate to each student’s developmental stage. Each classroom kit includes a wide range of leveled books with corresponding teaching versions that take the guesswork out of small-group reading instruction. 

  • Leveled Books
  • Take & Teach Books
  • Take & Teach Lessons and Activities

Learn More About Small-Group Resources

JillE Literacy supports English learners with:

  • An emphasis on oral language and vocabulary, partner talk, and scaffolded instructional approaches that support learners at all levels of language acquisition.
  • Two types of additional support specific to English learners included in the Take & Teach Lesson for every Leveled Book.

ENGLISH LEARNER SUPPORT

Point to and name specific objects or animals on each page (e.g., plant, caterpillar, leaf, tree, bird, cat). Have students repeat the name and then find the word on the page.

Spanish cognate: planta (plant)

ENGLISH LEARNER SUPPORT

  • Point to and name each photograph on the graphic organizer (e.g., plant, caterpillar, bird, cat).
  • The _____ eats the _____.
  • What do you see in each picture? What do the arrows mean?

EL Support Key: ■ ■ ■ Substantial ■ ■ Moderate Light

Designed for social-emotional learning

Every fiction title in JillE Literacy was intentionally written to support social-emotional learning through thought-provoking stories that feature engaging characters children can identify with and storylines that provide authentic opportunities for children to explore emotions, empathize, connect, and walk in another’s shoes.

Built-in discussion prompts and mini-lessons help students explore essential social-emotional competencies within the safety of a contained fictional world.

Supported SEL competencies

  • Self-Awareness—Identifying Emotions, Accurate Self-Perception, Recognizing Strengths and Limitations, Self-Confidence, Self-Efficacy
  • Self-Management—Regulating Emotions and Impulses, Stress Management, Self-Discipline, Goal Setting, Organizational Skills, Openness and Flexibility, Perseverance
  • Social Awareness—Perspective-Taking, Empathy, Appreciating Diversity, Respect for Others, Respect for Social Rules, Recognizing Social Supports
  • Relationship Skills—Communication, Social Engagement, Building Relationships, Cooperation and Teamwork, Kindness and Consideration, Seeking and Offering Help, Conflict Resolution
  • Responsible Decision-Making—Analyzing Situations and Choices, Problem-Solving, Evaluating Consequences, Making Ethical Choices, Resisting Social Pressure

Designed for easy, flexible implementation

JillE Literacy provides a wealth of diverse and flexible resources that can be easily used alongside other books and programs, no matter what kind of core reading curriculum you use.

TRADITIONAL

In classrooms with a traditional reading basal, JillE Literacy can expand reading instruction into new areas, with built-in support that helps teachers incorporate new instructional approaches.

COMBINATION

In classrooms that utilize a combination of whole-class and small-group instructional approaches, JillE Literacy can provide an infusion of engaging texts with built-in tools for teaching essential skills in context.

DO-IT-YOURSELF

In classrooms that use a patchwork of resources to teach literacy skills, JillE Literacy can help teachers focus on the most critical teaching opportunities and eliminate hours of planning time.

JillE Literacy works hand in hand with a variety of other programs, offering 

  • Seamless, effective support for whole-class and small-group instruction,
  • Engaging stories, poems, and informational texts, and 
  • Structured lessons and activities that teach and reinforce essential language, literacy, and SEL skills.

Do you use Into Reading in your classroom? Download our Companion Guide to find out how JillE Literacy can help you build student engagement, empower literacy instruction, and help your K–3 students excel.

Download the JillE Literacy – Into Reading Companion Guide

Daily support for essential skills

JillE Literacy makes it easy to support reading and writing skills every day of the week. Use the lesson plans, teaching panels, and activities built into every resource to teach and reinforce:

  • Oral language
  • Vocabulary
  • Phonemic awareness and phonics
  • High-frequency words
  • Decoding strategies
  • Fluency
  • Comprehension
  • Social-emotional learning

Writing activities inside every book and poem help students transfer reading skills to writing and offer essential writing practice across many forms and purposes.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Whole-Class Instruction

Shared Books & Poetry Cards

Use the Day 1 panels to support oral language, comprehension, and social-emotional learning.

Use the Day 2 panels to identify and work with engaging and challenging vocabulary.

Use the Day 3 panels to help students read with fluency.

Use the Day 4 panels to reinforce phonemic awareness, phonics, and word study skills.

Use the Day 5 panels to give every student an opportunity to respond creatively to the text.

Read Aloud Books

Use the notes on the inside front cover to introduce, guide, and extend the reading. Follow up each reading with a different response activity from the inside back cover, which include writing, creative arts, speaking & listening, language & vocabulary, independent reading, and social-emotional learning.

Small-Group and
Independent Learning

Leveled Books

Take & Teach Books and Lessons

Meet with two to three reading groups per day while the other students are engaged in independent learning activities. Use the built-in teaching panels and support in the Take & Teach Books and Lessons to explicitly teach decoding strategies, reading comprehension, reading fluency, and to support English learners and social-emotional learning.

Use the writing activities built into every Leveled Book to give students the opportunity to respond to the text and to apply the phonics skills and high-frequency words they have learned to their writing.

Have students respond to the Shared Book.

In addition to the embedded prompts and lessons in every text, a comprehensive Teacher’s Handbook provides simple and practical guidance for whole-class instruction, small-group instruction, and assessment, as well as classroom organization and learning centers. 

This high level of teacher support saves planning time and takes the guesswork out of preparing structured and scaffolded literacy lessons. Using JillE Literacy is like having a master teacher and literacy coach beside you every step of the way. 

Only JillE Literacy offers high-quality, engaging texts combined with the built-in teaching support that makes it easy to teach and reinforce essential skills in context.

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