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Tar Heel Reader joins the Building Wings
family of literacy instruction resources with a
new name and fresh look! Introducing
Monarch Reader!
Monarch Reader by Building Wings - Open Books Open Minds - Online books for beginning readers of all ages.

What is Monarch Reader™?

Monarch Reader is an online library of free books for beginning readers of all ages and adapted books for special education. The website includes a portal for adults to write an online book to add to the collection and share with others. We’re honored to add this vast collection of early reader books formerly known as Tar Heel Reader to the Building Wings family of literacy instruction resources.
Don Johnston - Founder of Building Wings
Don Johnston
Building Wings

“We at Building Wings are very excited to manage and develop the future of Tar Heel Reader. We have been working with Karen to re-build Tar Heel for a long-term future. Karen (Erickson) and I have shared a vision for over 30 years that ALL students can learn to read and write. When I was a beginning reader it was impossible for me to find things to read that I found interesting and could help me build a successful reading experience. The opportunity to deliver this comprehensive library of books that students find engaging and interesting is very exciting for us at Building Wings.”

Why Monarch Reader™?

Readers of all ages can access hundreds of online books that include digital accessibility options such as touch screens and 1 to 3 switches to accommodate diverse needs. This online collection of digital books facilitates boundless reading experiences, including shared reading for emergent readers, special education teachers, school SLPs and school OTs, paraprofessionals and others on a journey where the possibilities of reading are endless.

Try Tar Heel Reader here!

Karen A. Erickson, Ph.D.​

Karen A. Erickson, Ph.D. is Director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. Her focus is on understanding the best ways to assess and teach reading and writing to children with the most severe disabilities. As a special education teacher, Dr. Erickson has worked to support students with a range of disabilities in a variety of classroom settings, particularly students who do not use speech as their primary means of communication.


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