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Coming Soon: How to Use the New BookPagez Website

We are finally making the switch from Reading Comprehension Lessons to BookPagez and I can not wait to share the new website with you!

Beginning on Wednesday afternoon (July 27th), you will be able to log into with your current username and password.

I want the transition to the new site to be as seamless as possible for you.  So to get you ready, I’m sharing a preview of some of the “How-To” videos that you’ll find on BookPagez.

The first video shows you the ins and outs of using the new Resource Library.

You’ll learn how to use the new filtering tools to quickly find the resources you need.



Next, please take a minute to learn how to download and print your new resources. That way you’ll know exactly what to do once you log into the new site.



And now, for the piece de resistance – the BookPagez File Cabinet!

For years I’ve wanted to give you a way to organize and store your resources. And today, I can finally give it to you! In this video you’ll learn how to create custom files for your small groups, how to store your files according to comprehension strategy or Word Study skill, and how you can use your file cabinet to quickly plan for super focused reading instruction.



I hope you’ll enjoy using these new BookPagez features when the new website launches tomorrow!

If you have any questions please feel free to email me.  I’m always happy to help. You can email me directly here:

With warm regards,

Amy Mackenzie

A Message from Amy Mackenzie: I Have Exciting News

I’m super excited to finally be making this announcement!

Earlier this year we started to release a major update to the resources on  The new resources were made available to you under the “ New BookPagez Resources” tab in your Member Area.

I also sent you an email telling you about the changes to your resources.  If you don’t remember the email, or would like to refresh your memory, you can read it here.

Since then, we’ve been hard at work building abetter website for you. And now, that website is just about ready for you to use!

The new website makes it easier for you to

  • Search and sort your resources
  • Preview the resources before you print
  • Save your resources using our brand new virtual file cabinet (super excited about this feature!)
  • Find helpful blog posts full of ideas to help you teach with trade books
  • Share the smart ways you’re using the resources with other teachers in our community

Along with our upgraded look and better functionality, we’ve also decided to upgrade our name!  We will now be operating at

Because you are a member of, your membership will transfer to  There will be no additional fees and no changes to the terms of your subscription.

Beginning on Wednesday, July 27th, you will be able to log into with your current username and password.

But in the meantime, here’s a pic of our new logo:

And a sneak peek at the new sorting functionality in the Resource Library where you can search by title or author and sort by grade level, reading level, and comprehension strategy:

We’re super excited about this change and can’t wait to share the new website and resources with you!

If you have any questions please feel free to email me.  I’m always happy to help. You can email me directly here:

With warm regards,

Amy Mackenzie

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 🙂

Celebrate Jon Scieszka’s Birthday

Today, September 8th, is Jon Scieszka’s Birthday

Jon Scieszka is one of our favorite authors!  His creativity and sense of humor are just two reasons to celebrate his birthday and his books with your students.

Jon Scieszka has written dozens of books (scroll down for a full list), but the two that we like best are Baloney, Henry P. and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.

In honor of Jon Scieska’s birthday, we’d like to invite you to celebrate by reading Baloney, Henry P. with your class.  When you’ve finished you can use our “Lost in Translation: A Birthday Greeting” to send Mr. Scieska birthday wishes that are out of this world!

Print “Lost in Translation: A Birthday Greeting”

Here is a full list of books written by Jon Sciesaka:
Robot Zot
Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing up Scieszka
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
The Frog and the Prince Continued
The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Fairy Tales
The Book that Jack Wrote
Math Curse
Squids Will Be Squids
Baloney, Henry P.
Science Verse
Seen Art?
Cowboy & Octopus

Print “Lost in Translation: A Birthday Greeting”

National Read a Book Day

National Read a Book Day

This Saturday, September 6th, 2014, is National Read a Book Day.

Encourage your students to celebrate reading with their families. Send our friendly letter, book review template, and our Read, Roll, and Talk game home with each of your students.

Print your National Read a Book Day Activities

Begin by helping each of your students select a book that they would like to take home to read with their family. This might be a favorite from the library, or one that they are working on in your small groups.

After each of your students has selected a book to take home, distribute a copy of the friendly letter template. Work with your students to complete the friendly letter to their parents. They will fill in the title of the book that want to share along with the due date for their book review, and some personalized information about their expectations for reading together.

Next provide each student with 2 copies of the book review template. One to use a rough draft, and one to use as a final draft. When all of the students bring their book reviews back to school, you can invite them to share their reviews in front of the class, or divide students into smaller groups for sharing. Then you might choose to display the book reviews in the hall or in your classroom library. You could also compile all of the reviews into one classroom book as a way to commemorate National Read a Book Day.

Last, provide students with a copy of the paper dice and a copy of Read, Roll, and Talk (there are 2 versions included in the set of activities – one for upper elementary and one for lower). Be sure to read the game board together and discuss any questions that the students may have prior to sending the game board home.

We wish you a Very Happy National Reading Day!

Print your National Read a Book Day Activities