Re: Noah Text Chapter Books – Letter to parents and educators from Miriam Cherkes-Julkowski, Ph.D., Professor, Educational Psychology, retired, Educational Diagnostician and Consultant…. Dear Parents and Educators, we all love good stories, the ones that capture our imagination, draw us into something mysterious and allow us to experience a warm, welcoming world. Even struggling readers, who have learned to dread how hard it can be to sound out words, love good stories. Thanks to the Franklin Noah Peterson series, parents, teachers, good readers and struggling readers, all of us, can lose ourselves in Frank’s world of imagination, mystery, the magic of nature, and warm relationships...

I used Noah Text during the past academic year to help struggling sixth- through eighth-grade readers, both in groups and one on one. I cannot imagine teaching without it. Students who normally would struggle to read one chapter of a book were soon reading all three books in Noah Text. It just looks much simpler and the text just flows. It would be phenomenal to see Noah Text expanded to help the full gamut of age ranges and readers. I think Noah Text would revolutionize reading for kids learning to read or struggling readers. Amy Geary, Reading Consultant, Montville Public Schools, CT

As choices for decodable readers have historically been fairly limited, Noah Text brings a breath of fresh air to this market. The use of onset and rime with the font differentiation along with the syllables is just pure genius! Noah Text definitely helps both developing readers and struggling readers decode text much more fluently, giving them confidence, while simultaneously building decoding and fluency skill. It actually helps reluctant readers get “over the hump” and feel good about reading! Noah Text is a great tool for teachers to use with all their students. The fact that a student can be reading a Noah Text book in the classroom, while the other students are reading the same book in plain text is certainly an added benefit. This alleviates the stigma struggling students so often feel in school. I would highly recommend Noah Text for any classroom. Linnea Johnson, Resource Support Coordinator, Meadowbrook Waldorf School, RI


I have implemented Noah Text into my lesson plan for reading in both my classes, Adult Basic Education One (literacy level) and ESL (English as Second Language). My students are showing remarkable improvement especially in confidence in decoding unfamiliar words during reading. I explained the importance of paying attention to long vowel sounds when reading aloud. The emphasis on syllabication using boldface print helps the student to think about the word before saying it, giving pause for reflection on word structure and phonemic implementation in the speaking of the word. Teaching the rime concept is catching on and my students are loving reading such that they practice reading on their own and come into class with questions on the meaning of words as well as spelling. Norma Wallace, Teacher, Northern State Prison, NJ


By highlighting rimes, the Noah Text early readers effortlessly draws attention to what is systematic and informative within our language. The importance of learned rime patterns is at the core of sound reading instruction enabling children to recognize syllables in multisyllable words for ease in future reading and decoding.  If a reader does not have a well-honed awareness of this kind, which is very common for struggling readers, the Noah Text chapter books highlight the syllables and long vowels enabling individuals to decode multisyllable words more accurately and more fluently while building reading skill. Noah Text does this without compromising the interest level of the book it is applied to. Hopefully, Noah Text will continue to expand its collection of books to further individuals’ reading skill and fluency with an enriched variety to choose from. Miriam Cherkes-Julkowski, Ph.D., Professor, Educational Psychology, retired, Educational Diagnostician and Consultant, NY, AZ, CT


Great series for my dyslexic son. Will be buying the rest of them. Thank you! (Five Star Review) Trish

We purchased a set of books at the homeschool convention and they are fantastic! Just what my struggling reader needed to advance. (Five Star Review) Danielle Chafin Miller

“Blodgett’s use of Noah Text in the books she writes helps the struggling reader jump aboard with his peers, while reading a chapter book, and ends the cycle of him being left behind. I am extremely pleased with how Noah Text helps the struggling reader come into his own as a proficient reader. My son was quite pleased being able to read through a chapter book series on his own. He also enjoyed the story. I only hope Blodgett continues to author more books using Noah Text or can translate some pre-existing titles, so more children may enjoy the stories.” Jennifer Smeltser, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

“The (chapter) book is easy to visually read and because of that the reader can comprehend with far less difficulty then traditional type set.” Suzanne Arena, Founder of Decoding Dyslexia, RI 

“Sarah’s fresh, research-based ideas on literacy and reading were gripping, creative, and relevant!  Her innovative take on rimes was somewhat of an experiment for us, but an opportunity we were glad to take!  While other facilitators lock in to a stale PowerPoint, Sarah breathed life into her content with visuals, hands-on materials, reciprocal conversation, and a multi-modal approach that left participants reflecting long afterwards on the impact of her program!  It was as meaningful as it was provocative!” Christopher D. Salaun, Professional Development Specialist, Children’s Friend

“I used these books (early readers) with my 6 year old son who was already reading, but not very quickly.  The cover and illustrations caught his eye right away and he finished reading them by the next day.  He enjoyed them and had no trouble with them at all.  With outdoor escapades being a fading pastime in some neighborhoods, the content of natural adventure and imagination is a very appealing aspect of this author's work and really hit the mark with my son's conquering spirit.” Amy Butler, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

Just love these books.. if your child is struggling, you need to check these books out answers to prayers! (Five Star Review) Tonya Font

Sarah K. Blodgett is a gifted author whose own passion for her own son is evident in the work that she put into creating Noah text in order to meet the needs of a variety of students. I am a kindergarten teacher and Sarah K. Blodgett saved me time out of my own teacher preparation by differentiating the texts for me. The Mystical Years of Franklin Noah Peterson is a trilogy(at the time) of stories that I could not put down. I read all three books because I had to know what happened to Frank and his "secret." I don't want to give a way the story, but as a reader myself, I love Mary Higgins Clark and how different plots are intertwined until the end when all the pieces of the puzzle are put back together. Sarah K. Blodgett intertwines Franklin Noah Peterson and other adventures until you find out how they all fit together. I hope Sarah K. Blodgett continues to write stories that seek to engage a variety of students and continue to build students sense of imagination and wonder because I know that I am wondering what is going to happen to Franklin Noah Peterson. Respectfully submitted, Holly Buhler, Kindergarten Teacher

It's amazing to meet a person who truly believes that they can change the world by helping people who are challenged by things that we take for granted. Sarah K Blodgett, the founder of Noah Text, is doing just that for children and adults with reading disabilities. I am honored that The Mad Dash will be the first book ever published (outside of Sarah's arsenal!) in Noah Text! Check out Sarah's awesome site and join the Noah Text movement by liking her on FB! Tom Kiernan, Author of "The Mad Dash, Bite My Dust"

I found Sarah K. Blodgett’s Noah Text extremely intriguing. I have never seen a text or teaching strategy that took the approach of building syllables in words to assist struggling readers, and I thought it was such a useful resource. Workshop Participant

I was very intrigued by Sarah K. Blodgett’s talk. I was interested in how her books were specialized to help children with dyslexia and I would love to see if one day all books could come in the form of Noah Text. Workshop Participant

This would be a good method to use in ABE (Adult Basic Education) level classrooms.  Workshop Participant

She has great techniques to assist emerging readers or ESL (English Second Language) learners.  Workshop Participant

Sarah K. Blodgett, creator of Noah Text, was extremely educational. From her, I learned how you can aid children to read in more advantageous ways so children do not remain behind. Workshop Participant

I like that you can give books out in a classroom and nobody knows if the books are in regular text or Noah Text. I think this is a great learning tool for speech and language pathologists and special education programs. Workshop Participant

In my profession, if I ever needed to help a child with their reading skills, I would definitely direct them toward Noah Text. Workshop Participant

This workshop provides wonderful, research-based information that can be adapted in meaningful, developmentally appropriate ways to literacy development for young children. It seems like it will make far more sense to children with regard to reading instruction.  Workshop Participant

Reading The Mystical Years of the Franklin Noah Peterson series was an enchanting and inspirational experience with a mysterious / adventurous twist. I loved the quotes that appeared at the beginning of each year of Franklin’s life, providing the reader with a clue as to what was to happen to Franklin that year, as well as, providing inspiration/ food for thought for the reader. The fact that Franklin’s mystical experiences were interspersed with “true to life” experiences of young boys/young adults was pleasing to read. As a former social worker who worked extensively with youth of various abilities, it was refreshing to read about youths with various strengths and weakness and written in such a positive way! The fact that Ms Blodgett has developed a text specifically designed for struggling readers is icing on the cake! Teacher’s check this out!!! The Mystical Years of Franklin Noah Peterson is a fun, inspirational, mysterious, and magical experience. A great read for all ages! Oh and I can’t wait to find out more about Abigail!!  JMK

Halloween is my favorite holiday filled with fun and mystery. It’s a perfect day for a magical adventure. Franklin Noah Peterson finds an exceptional adventure in a quiet corner of an old Victorian library. A rare, leather-bound book catches his eye and suddenly he has traveled through time. I love the story of Frank’s magical time travel. The author’s description of the sights, sounds, and smells pulled me right in. The wonderful characters and odd happenings kept me turning pages. I was transported back in time by details of clothing and traditions that triggered memories and made me smile. Frank’s quirky and perceptive personality is engaging. The author Sarah Blodgett does an excellent job of keeping the story moving and the reader guessing. The way that the characters and plot lines cross in the different time periods will intrigue and delight you. This coming-of-age story treats real life scenarios with a sensibility that will appeal to both teens and adults. Enjoy the possibilities of magic moments in life, thanks to The Mystical Years of Franklin Noah Peterson. Susan Faulkner

MS. Blodgett is magnificent storyteller. The life of Franklin draws the reader into an awesome experience. This journey takes you into the life of a young boy. Before I finished the first book I immediately order the second and third book. I was not disappointed. Readers will love Franklin, his family and friends. ~ CAB~

I just cannot say enough about these books. They were simply wonderful; I did not want to put the down.  After I finished each book I couldn’t wait to go on the next. I just hope Sarah continues to write more of these terrific books.  Amazon Customer

Thank you! This will help me with instruction of reading in my classroom.  Workshop Participant

Very interesting and informative – food for thought!  Workshop Participant

Very informative and encouraging!  Workshop Participant

Love the concept and alternative way of reading.  Workshop Participant

She seems to have a lot to offer. I am curious to see where her work goes and try it in my own classroom.  Workshop Participant

Great workshop!  Workshop Participant

The presenter was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I’m excited about Noah Text and hope to help my struggling and dyslexic students.  Workshop Participant

Different and easy to understand!  Workshop Participant

The facilitator was very knowledgeable.  Workshop Participant

She was very researched. The knowledge was interesting, plus she was approachable.  Workshop Participant

The approach was meaningful.  Workshop Participant

The mode was effective for me because of the multi-modal approach, the hands-on material, the handouts, PowerPoint, and the knowledge accumulated and shared by the presenter.  Workshop Participant

It seems like it will make far more sense to children with regard to reading introduction.  Workshop Participant

It raised my awareness of the rime and its value in literacy.  Workshop Participant

She shared great ideas to use in a classroom and gave us a book she wrote, which was helpful.  Workshop Participant

I found Sarah Blodgett’s talk extremely interesting. I plan to use this information in the future when I teach. Workshop Participant

The textbook that was given and the way that it was edited made it easy to read.  Workshop Participant

The creativity was great. The games and items used were simple and direct.  Workshop Participant

We learned how to teach kids rimes and how to pronounce words.  Workshop Participant

Not only do I now know about this great program that could be a resource to families that I work with in the future, but I have been encouraged to take steps towards things that matter. Workshop Participant


Re: Noah Text Early Readers – Letter to parents and educators from Miriam Cherkes-Julkowski, Ph.D., Professor, Educational Psychology, retired, Educational Diagnostician and Consultant…. Dear Parents & Educators, finally, parents and teachers no longer are forced to choose between either dull stories that help children practice the basic principles of reading, or interesting and fun stories that disguise those same, very important principles. The Zack early readers bring your child into the world of nature, warm relationships, imagination, and intrigue, while at the same time highlighting the systematic and predictable way that letters make sounds — by highlighting critical word patterns. Now parents, teachers, and most importantly, children, can have the two most important elements in one...

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