We turn great books into

We turn great books into

As an educator, are you looking for ways to:

  • seamlessly integrate academic instruction with your students’ social and emotional development?
  • present your students with reading experiences that are culturally relevant and help them explore their identities?
  • save time prepping thoughtful lesson plans that help young people make meaning of real-world topics like immigration, civil rights, and social justice?

Welcome to Reading with Relevance!

Reading with Relevance is a literacy program that guides students and teachers through the process of reading relevant, culturally diverse, socially and emotionally rich literature. By integrating intentional social/emotional development into every lesson, we are creating a generation of learners ready to understand, question, and remake the world around them.


Reading with Relevance unites cultural responsiveness, academic instruction, and SEL. The collection itself is based around culturally relevant and diverse texts, creating ‘windows and mirrors’ where students have ample opportunities to learn about and reflect on their own lives and the lives of others. This promotes deep awareness of and respect for diversity along with opportunities to build self-awareness.”

~The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

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The Reading with Relevance curriculum “portrays accurately and equitably the cultural and racial diversity of American society,” and has been approved by the California Department of Education for meeting the state’s Social Content Framework.

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Learn about the power of our Reading with Relevance book selections. Janijah reflects on the impact that We Beat the Street made on her thoughts about her future; in her words, “It motivates me more to know if they can do it, I can do it, too.”


Learn more about how Reading with Relevance impacts student achievement!

Our Program Outcomes
Contra Costa Case Study
User Testimonials

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Featured Guide for Fall

The Hate U Give

This debut novel from the outstandingly talented Angie Thomas is hands-down the book to read for back-to-school 2019.  Inspired by the 2009 killing of Oscar Grant, the novel traces the experiences of 16-year-old Starr Carter as she reels from and reacts to her best friend’s death at the hands of a police officer.  This nuanced exploration of the emotions at the heart of the Black Lives Matter movement helps young people unpack the concept of systemic racism, and supports teachers to open up important classroom conversations.  The book won numerous awards, received overwhelming critical acclaim, and was the basis for a blockbuster feature film.

Check Out the Teacher’s Guide!