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The Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Shared Reading Collection

Build a strong early reading foundation with books that engage and excite.

Shared Reading is an enjoyable experience for your classroom community and an important opportunity for children to “step up together” into more challenging texts while also beginning to notice and acquire the processes they need to read texts independently. Now available in English and Spanish.

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Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Instructional Context Samplers
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Explore the Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Instructional Context Samplers to begin designing the landscape of literacy education in your school.

Each instructional context plays an essential role that contributes in different ways to every student's development as a reader, writer, and language user. Improve student outcomes by creating equitable literacy opportunities for all students with Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™

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What is Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Shared Reading?

Big book version of 'Old to New' on an easel, along with six small copies of the book.

The Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Shared Reading Collection is made of up of exquisite texts which include a collection of original big books in grades PreK through 4 in a variety of genres, with accompanying lesson folders.

Six small copies of each book, as well as audiobooks, are provided for children to revisit during independent reading. Some of the books have special features such as flaps, cutouts, and foldouts to engage and excite children.


  • English language, PreK-4
  • Spanish language, PreK-2

Who is Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Shared Reading for?

An engaged teacher reading out loud to the class from a big Shared Reading book.

The Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Shared Reading Collection is for the classroom teacher who wants to expand and refine children’s reading and writing powers in grades PreK–4. This context is implemented during whole-group literacy instruction where the teacher engages students in shared reading using enlarged print books and shared poetry charts and often leads to shared/interactive writing.

What is inside Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Shared Reading?

The components of Shared Reading: Guide, Books, Lesson Folders and Online Resources.

Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Shared Reading Collection Guide
A brief guide that provides an overview of the components and implementation of the FPC Shared Reading Collection.

Shared Reading Books
Original titles, 1 copy of the big book and 6 copies of each accompanying small book.
An exquisite collection of original titles that nurture students’ ability to construct meaning in a supported context so they can enjoy reading and learn critical concepts of how print works.

Shared Reading Lesson Folders
Lesson folders to support teachers in providing high-quality, cutting-edge lessons that boost, engage, and extend students’ reading, writing, and language skills.

FPC Shared Reading Online Resources
The resources needed for each lesson, including:

  • PDFs of each lesson
  • Video Library
  • Shared Reading audiobooks

How is Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Shared Reading implemented?

The Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Shared Reading Collection is implemented during whole-group instruction. During shared reading, teacher and children read aloud a large version of an engaging text that is beyond children’s ability to read independently. These texts provide early experiences with print and promote the development of reading processes. These texts also serve as mentor texts.

After the first reading, children take part in multiple, subsequent readings of the text. They also discuss the text and the teacher selects teaching points based on children’s needs.

Evolution of a Shared Reading Book

Find out the many steps it takes to produce a Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Shared Reading book.

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Explore The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition

Proficient readers and writers display recognizable behaviors at every phase of literacy learning. When teachers notice, teach, and support these behaviors, they link assessment to responsive teaching. This indispensable literacy tool identifies the behaviors that demonstrate thinking and understanding within, beyond, and about a text. These behaviors are described as continua of learning across eight instructional contexts.

Explore what The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuumis, what's included, how it's implemented, and gain access to samplers, research, webinars, and more

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Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Implementation Timeline

Take a look at the Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ PreK–6 Implementation and Release Schedule.

This detailed timeline chart will show you which FPC Instructional Contexts will release and when.

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Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Components Chart
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Take a look at the Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ PreK–6 Component chart.
This detailed chart will show you the FPC Instructional Contexts and what is included in each one.


Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Professional Learning Opportunities

Teachers discussing a Shared Reading book.

Explore the transformative professional learning opportunities to further develop the teaching craft and energize your practice.

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Shared Reading Resources

Extend your expertise by visiting the Resource Library for Study Guides, Samplers, Webinars, Tools and more or by checking out the Fountas & Pinnell Blog.

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    Use this printable order form of all available Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ resources for your purchasing convenience.

    Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ (FPC) is a cohesive, multi-text approach to literacy instruction for all students in grades PreK–6. The System is designed to support whole-group, small-group and independent learning opportunities including: interactive read-aloud, reading minilessons, shared reading, phonics/spelling/word study lessons, guided reading, book clubs, and independent reading collections.  Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ is rich with authentic texts, lessons or conferring cards, minilessons and professional tools & learning for a systematic, transformative approach to literacy instruction. 

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