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A comprehensive early literacy curriculum for emergent learners, Pre-K to Grade 2.

Launched in March 2023

ReadtopiaGO™ by Building Wings is a comprehensive early literacy curriculum for emergent learners, Pre-K to Grade 2, designed to help get our youngest students on the road to literacy.

Drawn from Erickson & Koppenhaver’s Comprehensive Literacy for All: Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities to Read and Write (2019), ReadtopiaGO provides educators with all the books, activities, and instructional guidance they need to deliver four years of age-appropriate, engaging, and evidence-based literacy instruction.

laptop with a muli-color circle illustrating the years 1-4 of ReadtopiaGO

Put all Early Learners on the path to
Conventional Literacy with ReadtopiaGO




Books where children can see themselves as heroes, dreamers, learners. Videos, illustrations, and photos that represent the rich diversity of learners. Puppet characters/shows that introduce concepts and build background knowledge in engaging, age-appropriate ways.
For children pre-K to Grade 2 who face learning barriers (communication, sensory, motor, or developmental challenges). For children who may be learning in a variety of settings (Head Start, Pre-K/K program, speech clinics, self-contained, or general education early elementary). Leveled instructional activities.
Safe, supportive, and nurturing relationships with adults help to drive students’ engagement and growth. Instructional dynamics are personalized to each child’s needs to optimize efficacy. Supported exploration in communicating, listening, reading, and writing helps to build engagement and confidence.

ReadtopiaGO Features

Readtopia Go examples of One Wonderful You and Lesson Plans


Evidence Based

Four-Years of Content

Instructional Routines

Daily instructional guidance to help adults deliver instruction effectively and easily.
Evidence-based literacy instruction reflective of the latest literacy research.
Will include four-years of engaging content that is comprehensive, emergent, and core curriculum-aligned.
Organized around shared reading, the single most important routine for developing readers.
Cover of the book 'My Shadow' with an illustration of a young girl wearing glasses looking at a wall that depicts her shadow
The cover of "My Shadow" one of many custom created books specially developed for this curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions About ReadtopiaGO

ReadtopiaGO is not a linear curriculum, per se. You can follow the progression we’ve set out or you can order and teach themes and topics in the way that works best for you and your learners. Within ReadtopiaGO, there are:
  • 16 themes per year, divided into 4 collections
  • Each collection contains 4 themes
  • Each theme contains 2 topics
  • 32 books per year, written at the T3 level (early elementary level), E2 level (preK/K level), and E1level (preK).
Another way to state this is there are two topics to a theme, four themes to a Collection, four Collections to a year and there will be four years of content.
Research tells us that providing young children with access to rich or descriptive language (the words we hear in conversation, TV, storybooks, etc.) serves two purposes: it builds the kind of curiosity that leads to a positive disposition toward language and it helps learners develop a more robust oral vocabulary, which is critical for later success in reading. While there are no prerequisites for learners to engage with and benefit from ReadtopiaGO, the introduction of rich vocabulary, is included in the T3 level books. This was intentional on the author’s part.
ReadtopiaGo provides you with all the lessons, books, videos, and activities you need for the next four years, relieving you of the time you might otherwise spend finding, aligning, and adapting curricula to meet the needs of your learners. While some level of preparation is beneficial, it is possible to pick up the Teacher Guide on Monday morning and start teaching. This is because ReadtopiaGo includes 2-minute Teaching Tutorials that provide you with the what, why, and how of each instructional routine. Additionally, you can follow the step-by-step lesson sequence contained in the Teacher Guide. This program is also a time-saver as it can be integrated into substitute plans or by knowledgeable others or co-teachers if the primary teacher has to be away from the classroom for a meeting.
Each year of ReadtopiaGo is organized around 16 themes that are topically aligned to curricular frameworks and standards that are commonly included at the state level. Rather than cherry-pick individual standards and create activities that align to them, ReadtopiaGo’s weekly cycles of comprehensive instruction provide layers of repetition with variety to ensure that the standards are not just met, they are integrated meaningfully. Each collection consists of a science, a social studies, a social-emotional, and a life skills theme. These diverse topics ensure that learners have opportunities to deepen their knowledge of the world and build their literacy skills at the same time.
Yes! ReadtopiaGo conforms to this vast body of research that recognizes that learners need daily support and instruction in comprehension and vocabulary, as well as instruction in the alphabetic principle, phonemic awareness, and phonics. ReadtopiaGo’s instructional cycle encompasses all of these domains, including our patented Learning Letters and Learning Letter Plus supplements, designed in consultation with Dr. Karen Erickson and the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill. These packets will systematically and sequentially support you to take your learners on a journey from identifying letters, to associating letters with sounds, to making words at two differentiated levels across more than 80 lessons.
Research recommends instruction in all five emergent instructional routines (90-120 minutes of early literacy instruction) each day and that can be accomplished with the instructional materials within ReadtopiaGO time permitting in your classroom..
We want to protect student data and do not require individual student logins. Research tells us that young children learn best when supported and scaffolded by you, their knowledgeable other.
We all know that collecting data is not as simple as it sounds. We need meaningful, measurable, and sufficiently incremental literacy goals for each child, seamless systems for collecting evidence, and easy mechanisms by which to share information with others. Meeting any one of these requirements, and indeed all of three, can prove challenging. We are creating a companion tool to accomplish this which will be released soon.
We agree that learners need access to pages and pencils / alternative pencils that support emergent reading and writing. That’s why we will be offering an accessible library of books as well as accessibility tips in the Teacher Guide, to ensure that learners have maximal access to ReadtopiaGo’s materials, activities and experiences. You can also find links to additional support and resources created by Project-Core, at the end of the Teaching Tutorials).
Every classroom needs different amounts of printed materials so we provide resources which can be copied at the district, school or classroom level. Here are our top tips for saving paper and optimizing printing.:
  • Print in Draft: You use less ink and print faster!
  • Clean your ink jets: Most printers have a cleaning feature. Use it!
  • Choose grayscale: Only print in color when you need it.
  • Use Multi-Page Printing: Set your printer to print 2 or more pages on a single sheet of paper (in settings).
  • Don’t Print At All: Send the Teacher Guide and book to your phone, ipad or or other digital interface.
To purchase, you can either fill out a form by hitting the ‘request a quote’ button on the or you can chat with a Curriculum Support Specialist by clicking on the chat icon on the lower right-hand corner of our homepage. Once you’ve agreed to purchase, we accept payment in the form of a check, credit card or a purchase order.

ReadtopiaGo was developed as a partner to our flagship program, Readtopia.
which is a special education instructional program for learners in grades 3-12.
This means you can provide seamless, evidence-based ELA instruction from
pre-k through grade 12 while simultaneously supporting learning in Math, Social
Studies, Life Skills, and Science. 

We are offering an introductory price that starts at $200 for a limited time.
After the introductory pricing expires the retail price of ReadtopiaGo will be $625
for a single license for one year. Discount pricing for multiple licenses is available upon

For subscribers to ReadtopiaGO, we will be offering a supplemental math
component in the future. 

View samples of ReadtopiaGO at

Looking for comprehensive literacy instruction for older learners? Check out Readtopia® and First Author™.

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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