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Explore ReadLife Bookshelf: A Multigenerational Digital Reading Collection

Wednesday, January 24, 2024 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Explore ReadLife Bookshelf: A Multigenerational Digital Reading Collection

Presented by Pamela Cote, Senior Director of Curriculum and Training, Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy; Kristen Walter, US Program Director, Worldreader; and Heather Brinkworth, Technical Program Director, Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

Sponsored by Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and Worldreader

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The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and Worldreader partnered to develop ReadLife Bookshelf, a free, multigenerational digital reading collection for adults, children, families, and educators. View this edWebinar to learn about this resource and how it can provide impactful reading and engagement time as learners and their families read together. The collection is bilingual (English and Spanish) and includes high-interest digital texts spanning a range of reading levels and a diverse selection of books. Each month, a new collection is launched with guided activities for each book and an instructor resource guide. Viewers:

  • Learn best approaches to support reading motivation, engagement, and skill development using ReadLife Bookshelf
  • Learn how ReadLife Bookshelf may be integrated into evidence-based reading instruction
  • Recognize the importance of selecting authentic, relevant tools to promote family literacy
  • Share their needs for future resources to support learners and families

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to K-12 teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, and education technology leaders, as well as adult education instructors.

Pamela Cote

About the Presenters

Pamela Cote is the Senior Director of Curriculum and Training for the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Her classroom experience spans elementary through adult education with a focus on literacy and innovative programs. She led one of the top Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Lighthouse programs in Maine, working directly with caregivers and their children. An effective communicator and natural teacher, Pam presents at national conferences to share the Foundation’s tools and to provide training opportunities. As the Senior Technical Advisor at the Foundation, Pam leads a portfolio of projects including technology apps, family and adult reading collections, educator tools, and digital literacy resources. Her subject matter expertise coupled with her project management experience allows the Foundation to produce high-quality content and build sustainable programs.

Kristen Walter

Kristen Walter, Worldreader’s Director of US Programs, has worked in literacy education for the last 20 years. Before joining the Worldreader team, Kristen was the Director of Education and Partnerships for Reading In Motion and Teaching and Learning Manager for Crayola. Kristen’s teaching career spanned over 15 years, starting as a certified art and music instructor in NC and ending as an arts integration specialist with a focus on improving literacy development for second language learners. A leader in the classroom and beyond, Kristen helped her school become a national Title I school, P21 Exemplar School, finalist in the Intel Schools of Distinction Math Award, CCAC Crayola grant winner, and win the National School Change Award. She has been recognized as a Yale Distinguished Music Educator and both Kristen and her fifth-grade students were invited to showcase a game design project at the first annual White House Arts Integration Fair.

Heather Brinkworth

Heather Brinkworth brings more than two decades of experience in the field of literacy to her role at the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, including a unique blend of classroom teaching and educational policy setting. As Technical Program Director, Heather leads the Foundation’s newest reading mentorship program, Book Explorers, and provides subject matter expertise to support the Foundation’s efforts to develop literacy curricula, programs, and technology tools. As an educator, Heather served as an intensive reading teacher at the secondary level in Title 1 schools in Broward County, Florida, with a focus on bringing innovative programs to teachers and students. She previously served as a Regional Program Manager for the Barbara Bush Foundation, managing reading mentorship programs and family literacy scholarships before serving more than six years on the school board for the sixth-largest school district in the nation.

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Barbara Bush Foundation

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy has been the nation’s leading advocate for family literacy for more than three decades. Established by former First Lady Barbara Bush in 1989, the Foundation is a public charity dedicated to creating a stronger, more equitable America in which everyone can read, write and comprehend in order to navigate the world with dignity. To learn more, visit


Worldreader gets children reading so they can reach their potential. The international nonprofit organization works with partners to get children reading at least 25 books a year with understanding, because regular reading leads to improved educational outcomes, stronger emotional intelligence, and higher earning potential. Worldreader achieves impact with BookSmart, a complete reading experience that improves reading comprehension, social-emotional, and digital literacy skills for children ages 3-12 years old. Since 2010, Worldreader has supported more than 22 million readers in over 100 countries.

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