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Play In A Book in the classroom provides a fully integrated arts based curriculum that builds critical literacy skills using drama and immersion into an engaging story.  Students are given the tools to bring a story to life, and our instructors use our proprietary materials and assessment tool to achieve results in an innovative way.

In School Residency

After School Residency

Small Group Intervention

Play In A Book is a CPS preferred vendor for In-school Arts Services.  Our flagship product is a 30-session program that includes materials and an assessment module that can boost critical reading skills by an average of 31%.  Our direct instruction introduces acting skills while focusing on improving literacy.

Up to 16 students spend 20 sessions reading and discussing a classic story and learn how to bring the characters to life on stage for a culminating performance.  Play In A Book After School includes an introduction to theater as well as drama exercises that help engage the student in the art of the story.

Available for students grades 1– 5 during the school day, this pull out program builds key reading skills in struggling readers through drama based methods.  Lesson plan tailored to meet student needs based on test scores and teacher recommendation. Includes materials.


Professional Development

Shakespeare Fights!

Author's Apprentice

A three to four-hour hands on workshop designed to prepare teachers to use the Act It Read It Series™ texts and companion workbooks to build key reading skills through drama.  With purchase of materials.


Join a trained stage combat instructor in presenting selected fight scenes from William Shakespeare's works.  This is an introductory course to the work of the Bard as well as a dive into rudimentary stage combat skills that serve to sell the idea that the Capulets didn't all that much like the Montagues.

Students join the author on a journey in developing a new title for the Play In A Book series.  Designed as a summer program, students are given an opportunity to participate in writing, editing, illustrating a new work and receive appropriate attribution for their efforts.


What They're Saying About Us

“After the first year of implementing a drama based program at Brennemann Elementary School, we saw a 35 point increase in our reading test scores.  After the second year, I’m happy to report that 95% of students show positive growth in reading.  We love Play In A Book!”


"The Play in a Book program at Goudy has dramatically enhanced excitement for literacy in our students. Teachers have attested to seeing their students transform into brave readers and actors through the guidance of Play in a Book's highly professional and supportive staff."

"Ms. St John pulls out the creative spark of acting and drama in children.  She is supportive and encouraging, yet holds high expectations, which they always manage to meet.  I am always surprised at the quality of their performances."

Ms. Karen Marfise, 3rd Grade Teacher

Ms. Sarah Abedelal, Principal Joseph Brennemann Elementary School

Mr. Bill Yeh, Assistant Principal

William C. Goudy Technology Academy

Play In A BookAn innovative approach to improved literacy


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