Testimonials

We have generated hundreds of stories
that have been read tens of thousands of times.
Hear what our users have to say below.

Where We've Been Mentioned

Forbes, 30 Under 30 Award Winner
"One of the brightest innovators and game-changers in the education industry."

Forbes, 30 Under 30 Award Winner

Elisa Vallanueva Beard, CEO of Teach for America, Social Innovation Award Winner
“We need powerful social and educational innovation, and Story Shares is breaking new ground. The organization addresses critical problems facing our students, teachers, and low-income communities. I am excited about the strategies it brings to the collective work of making sure every child has an equal chance in life.”

Elisa Vallanueva Beard, CEO of Teach for America, Social Innovation Award Winner

Educents
"Story Shares has been selected as a Top 101 Educational Website. This incredible round-up of educational websites, online curriculum, and digital learning resources is your go-to guide for the new year."

Educents

International Literacy Association, 30 Under 30 Award Winner for Literacy
"Around the world, this is one of the up-and-coming trailblazers changing the landscape of literacy and education."

International Literacy Association, 30 Under 30 Award Winner for Literacy

EdSurge
"Older students who struggle with reading shouldn't be left with stories written for younger kids. Story Shares offers content for students beyond elementary school."

EdSurge

AIM VA
"The site is a popular reading destination that seeds a reading habit for older emerging readers. In addition, Story Shares provides a venue for writers who craft books with low literacy in mind."

AIM VA

Teachers First
"Story Shares is the perfect solution for finding relevant and readable content for older students unable to read above the elementary level. Digital content provides interesting material that doesn't condescend teen readers. Browse through titles or choose from the different genres to find available material. Login isn't required to read books. However, it allows you to add books to a reading list and to bookmark the stopping point while reading books."

Teachers First

National Library of New Zealand
"Anyone working in a secondary school library or with young adults struggling with reading, will know how challenging it can be to find material at the right reading level AND the right interest level. Story Shares is one option for those readers to gain some valuable reading mileage."

National Library of New Zealand

AdLit.org
"Story Shares is a collaborative digital literacy hub that provides engaging and readable stories for middle and high school students who read below grade level. Check out their ever-growing library of original, just-right content!"

AdLit.org

Technology Tidbits
"This site creates interesting digital books for students but customizes them to their appropriate Reading Level. This is ideal for students who want to read more age appropriate books but struggle w/ the content. Also, these books come w/ built-in reading assistance to help them as well. Authors can even use Story Shares to create digital books using their creation wizard. I highly recommend checking out Story Shares!"

Technology Tidbits

CT Post
"Robbie Cestari, a Greenwich student, used Story Shares to publish his own book. Ramsey, Robbie’s teacher, began using Story Shares in 2014 as a reward for her students in writing class. The following year she used it in her literature class and gave students the opportunity to use it on their own. She said finding these sorts of relevant books that engage students is difficult, and they used the stories to practice writing techniques."

CT Post

Cornell Daily Sun
"The reading platform even includes features like “text to speech,” so readers can listen to the words they read, and a visual glossary, which allows readers to click on a word to see its definition. The writing side provides both teacher and student writers with guidelines on how to create stories, design text, add covers and publish their work."

Cornell Daily Sun

Brian Kirchner, Story by Royal Oak Patch
“I wrote for Story Shares because I believe deeply in the power of a good story to change the direction of a person's life, especially a young person,” says Brian Kirchner, 2016 Diversity Award Winner. “As a kid growing up, reading was one of my greatest pleasures."

Brian Kirchner, Story by Royal Oak Patch

Abigail Mitchell, Story by Newsplex
" A normal high school writing assignment turned into a national accolade for one Greene County student. Mitchell's creative project started with an AP English assignment and ended with her winning a national writing contest. "I won the contest," Mitchell exclaimed. "I almost cried, I was so surprised and happy. I wasn't expecting it, so I was like oh my goodness, this is the greatest thing." More than 1,600 pieces of writing were submitted to Story Shares writing contest. "This is the best day of my life," Mitchell said."

Abigail Mitchell, Story by Newsplex

Boston University Today
"Story Shares is a nonprofit that crowdsources writers to create books tailored for middle school students who read below grade-level.The successful Boston-based nonprofit now has about 300 books available online, and is about to add hundreds more. That’s important, because if you want to reach a new reader, you have to make sure you have something they are interested in."

Boston University Today

The Free-Lance Star
"The organization’s positive impact on literacy empowers and inspires many kinds of struggling readers including English language learners, students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, and students from low-income communities who have fallen behind in literacy skills and reading comprehension. Story Shares’ mission is truly a matter of changing an entire literacy landscape."

The Free-Lance Star

The Daily Free Press
"Story Shares serves to provide struggling readers with pertinent and appropriate reads. The site allows writers, educators and students to distribute relevant books with a variety of ages and reading levels."

The Daily Free Press

What We've Heard From Writers

This was an opportunity for me to try my hand at writing, something that I had always wanted to do. The online tools were very helpful. I also liked that this contest was more than just a writing contest. Knowing that my efforts would be helping so many struggling readers is what inspired me to keep writing.
Winning the contest was a life-changing moment for me – it let me know that people really did enjoy my writing, and it has spurred me to keep writing – I've been working on a novel... So, thank you so much for the encouragement and opportunity.
It was a pleasure to participate in the contest and I'm so delighted that my story is a finalist in it. My son is a special-needs learner who has difficulty with reading comprehension, so the idea behind the contest is very dear to my heart. I'm happy to write anything that will help kids like my son enjoy reading and become better at it.
It was such a great time writing this story. My three children helped me create and edit it, which was a lot of fun for us as a family.
I would love to get started right away on something new specifically for Story Shares. This is something that I love to do and as far as compensation is concerned, having a platform for my writing to reach readers is the best form there is! Especially one whose goal is to improve literacy.
I am excited and honored for my story to be included in your collection. I hope that it inspires at least one (hopefully many) student to enjoy the magic of reading! Thank you for everything, you are doing incredible work!

What We've Heard From Experts

I thought all of the stories I read were very unique. They were terrific. And to me they seemed just right to the target audience you were going for.

— A.D. Pinkney, Executive Editor, Scholastic

Reading for meaning opens opportunities for a lifetime of learning. Providing struggling readers with engaging texts that are designed to offer both challenge and support for each individual will improve their lives for years to come. Story Shares is a wonderful start.

— D. Rose, Co-founder of CAST, Father of UDL, Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Ed

I wouldn't be surprised to see some of these stories in a teen lit mag. I think one of the keys to their success is that the simplified language feels natural.

— M. Adelman, Editor

What We've Heard From Educators And Parents

Jeremy is almost done writing his prequel to Jacob and the Bee Man. It's amazing how much he wrote, being that it takes him almost a whole class period to write two sentences of nonfiction. He did this all on his own accord – he came during his free time every day for a week, sat at my desk, and typed on my computer. I'm so proud of his work.
The content is accessible for struggling readers or English language learners, without talking down to the reader. I like the use of easy to read words and simple sentences combined with interesting content. Well done!
I have introduced your digital books to special education teachers as well as to my students. I am really excited with what I see – high interest and high readability on a range of genres.
A couple of students already finished reading an entire book, which is pretty wonderful!
One student actually left in school suspension today so she could tell me about what she read. She reads above grade level but sometimes it is hard to focus so having interesting, easy to comprehend material for her really makes a difference. She felt really accomplished today and she connected to the story. Thank you for creating this website.
This is incredible. Jared will never ever, ever write anything. But look how into it he is on Story Shares!
The kids and teachers who are using it have loved it so far. Many of the students have come up to me, really excited to show me the stories they've created on Story Shares. I noticed that most of these stories were inspired by stories they read on Story Shares, a twist on the original. Since writing is one of the biggest areas where our ELL students struggle, it's great to see them engaging in this way.

What We've Heard From Readers

We didn't get to finish the story but I asked if we could keep reading it today! I really want to find out what Jacob did.
I like Bully because I had a similar experience.
I want to read more stories in this library because I love the ones I have read so far.
This is awesome! Can I go on this site to find more stories to read?
I can't wait to write my own story on here!