Tools to build better readers & writers


Our most popular resources

While we support schools with thousands of titles from major and minor publishers, teachers love our best-selling “Smekens Originals” because they offer practical, ready-to-use strategies.

The Comprehension Playbook

The Comprehension Playbook

Just as an athletic coach operates from a tried-and-true book of plays, teachers need their own playbook for leading successful whole-class reading comprehension instruction.

Supporting a full year of lesson concepts, the Comprehension Playbook provides easy-to-follow guidance on which comprehension skills to teach per grade range.

Available for Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7-12 as well as bundles for Grades K-5 and K-12.

Launching the Writer’s Workshop, 3rd Edition

With separate books for grades K-2 and 3-12, this resource targets the heart of what every teacher wants for the initial weeks of school:

1. Strategies to establish the writer’s workshop environment through routines, procedures, and expectations.

2. Methods to define the ingredients of “good” writing so everyone is using a common language.

3. Foundation-building mini-lesson ideas that teach students how to craft stronger writing.

The book also includes a members-only website containing writing samples, handout templates, Smartboard documents, PowerPoint presentations, and more.

Going beyond the boxed curriculum

Leading standards-driven instruction is more attainable with the right materials. That’s why we offer hundreds of hand-picked recommended resources to accompany our professional development for teachers.

There are textbook companies that specialize in publishing curriculum, and we are not one of those companies. Instead, we focus on providing just-right resources that teachers can use to enhance their existing reading and writing curriculums.

What other educators say

“Practical strategies with resources to match. You all have professional development down to a science.”

Ryan Asher

Chief Academic Officer,
Woodford County Public Schools
Versailles, KY

“Thank you for fun, engaging lessons and mentor texts that are easy to implement and use!”

Megan McAdams

Frances Slocum Elementary
Marion, IN

“The quality of resources provided is outstanding! They are user-friendly & truly invaluable to teachers of any grade & subject.”

Robyn Rush

Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius School
Lemont, IL


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Frequently asked questions

Do you have a catalog?
Our online store,, features an always-growing online catalog. Additionally, we are constantly updating our printable catalog of Smekens Originals, and the current version is available for download. Upon request, we may also be able to provide catalogs from publishers we represent.
Do you sell textbooks?
We sell all sorts of teacher and classroom resources, but we don’t sell textbooks.
What if I can't find what I’m looking for on your online store?
If you are looking for something specific, and can’t find it on our online store, let us know! We will do some digging to see if we can locate the resources you are searching for.
I am planning a book order but need a quote. Can you help?
If you need an official quote that lists the titles in your order, along with line-item pricing, we are happy to provide this type of proposal. Plus, in most circumstances, we will offer discounted pricing on quoted orders.
Are your resources available in digital format?

In many situations, our resources are available in both print and digital formats. When you click on an item, look for the Product Version options available.

Do you ship items internationally?
We are happy to support educators around the globe. If you live outside of the United States, simply request a quote for the purchase of materials, plus shipping.
Can we shop for books in person?
Teachers love to “touch the books,” which is why we always set up a bookstore at our open-to-the-public teacher workshops. Additionally, educators are welcome to visit our headquarters in Warren, IN between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET for in-person shopping.
Can you set up a bookstore to accompany our on-site PD?

When teachers have immediate access to books and resources related to their professional development, implementation can happen right away. For this reason, we are happy to arrange for a bookstore to be set up during Smekens-led on-site professional development.

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