We at Little Bee Books and BuzzPop are so excited to announce our new Level Up! Readers program, a leveled-reader line for today’s kids.
Inspired by play, built to empower, and based on reading comprehension benchmarks, Level Up! provides independent reading opportunities, and the new program’s flexible structure is aimed at helping budding readers feel excited and accomplished.
“The Level Up! Reader program is an exciting venture that fits right in with the kind of thoughtful publishing we strive for at Little Bee Books,” said Little Bee Books CEO Shimul Tolia, “we’ve worked with reading specialists and educators to design a program that puts the controls in the hands of the reader. We want children to feel like they can reach for any level that interests them … We are excited to launch this program with our premier partner, Disney, and will expand our bilingual offering with new licenses in the coming years.”
The first three titles in the Level Up! program will be Disney-licensed bilingual titles, helping readers grow in learning alongside their favorite characters, while also developing foreign language skills. Miguel’s Guitar / La Guitarra de Miguel — a Level 4 title based on Disney and Pixar Coco — and What Toy? / ¿Qué juguete? — a Level 2 titles based on Toy Story 4 — hit shelves earlier this fall. Journey Together and Apart / Un viaje juntos y separados — a Level 3 title based on the forthcoming Frozen 2 — will be available to readers on October 15, 2019, Rapunzel Loves Colors / A Rapunzel le encantan los colores — a Level 1 title based on Disney Tangled — is slated for publication in March of 2020.
“We are thrilled to bring this core format into our bilingual series of Disney titles,” said BuzzPop senior editor Rebecca Webster. “Since launching in Summer of 2018, we’ve published 25 titles including reference books, board books, storybooks, with day-and-date movie tie-in releases for the largest franchises. Our titles star Disney Princess, Disney Junior, Pixar, and Disney Classic characters that grab attention of all readers and get the books off the shelves and into the hands of children.”
For more information on the new Level Up! Readers program visit littlebeebooks.com/level-up-readers/.