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A Message from Amy Mackenzie: The creator of Reading Comprehension Lessons

I made a promise to you that I didn’t keep.

A little over a year ago, I decided you deserved a better set of resources. I listened to the feedback you and other members of sent to me, and I began to revise and update all of the resources on the site. I made a promise that I would release the new and improved materials to you by the fall of 2015. And then…I got pregnant!

My husband and I welcomed our first child, Alexander James Mackenzie, into the world a little over six months ago. It has been an amazing ride so far—exhausting and time consuming—but truly amazing. And now that I have learned all about bottles, nose fridas, and sleep training, I’m ready to make good on the promise I made to you.

You can now find a new set of resources on each of the book pages in the Lesson Library called “New BookPagez Resources.” Here’s a quick video to show you how to get there:

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Here’s what’s helpful about your new resources:

  • Comprehension strategy specific questions to activate your students’ prior knowledge of both the story and the thought process behind each strategy
  • Detailed text-specific questions and prompts to help your students think about the text within the framework of each comprehension strategy
  • Page-by-page guided think sheets and answer keys that can be used for whole group, small group and independent instruction (You can even send these home as homework or use them with a parent volunteer.)
  • Reader’s notebook prompts that are both strategy-based and text-specific to help your students write about their reading (Every prompt is Common Core aligned and comes with an “I can” statement.)
  • A “cut-and-paste” strategy-based graphic organizer that can be glued, taped or stapled into your students’ readers notebooks (No more loose papers or hole punching!)
  • Interactive vocabulary notebook cards and fun vocabulary games to increase student engagement
  • Extension activities

I sincerely hope the changes I’ve made to the resources will make the hard work you do every day a little bit easier. My goal is to make sure you have what you need to deliver thoughtful, balanced literacy instruction using popular and award-winning children’s literature.

If you’d like to share your thoughts about the changes I’ve made, I would love to hear from you! You can email me directly here:

I want to express my deep gratitude to you. For the past five years, I have been privileged to supply you with lesson plans and resources. And, I couldn’t ask for a better community of teachers with whom to share my resources.

Thank you for your feedback and your patience when the website does what it wants instead of what I tell it to do. Up until now, I have been a one-woman show (with the exception of my husband’s technology know-how). I now have a team of writers, designers and other super-dedicated people focused on delivering even better resources to you in the coming year.

Stay tuned for more news about the exciting changes we’ll be making in 2016!

With warm regards,

Amy Mackenzie

P.S. – Did you notice the new “BookPagez” branding? We’re changing our name! is just a few letters too long, don’t you think? We’re also planning on releasing new resources to support your writing instruction, so we thought the new name was a better fit for our soon-to-be new identity.

P.S.S – And, just in case you’re curious, here’s a pic of my little buddy 🙂