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Afterschool KidzLit
Publication Date: 2000
Grade Level: K–8
Content Focus: Literacy/Language Arts
Costs: $450 to $3,600
The costs shown were accurate at the time of the review. Please check the publisher's web site for current prices.
Developer Contact Information
Developmental Studies Center
2000 Embarcadero Drive, Suite 305
Oakland, CA, 94606
510-533-0213 or 800-666-7270

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Design Summary

KidzLit is designed specifically for afterschool. Its goal is to help students to develop a love of reading while building comprehension skills and vocabulary.  In addition to helping students get excited about reading, KidzLit also strives to help students develop their capacities to think critically, express their ideas about important issues, and increase their understanding of self, peers, and others.  The curriculum is structured in a five part process, all including discussion and hands on activities: Introduction, Read-Aloud, Talk, Connection Activity, and Wrap-up.  There are several formats for the program, including Book Club (where students choose what they read), Partner Reading (students at same level), and Buddy Reading (an older child reads with a younger child.)

Curriculum materials include 120 trade books with Leader’s Guides, divided into three packages by grade.  Each package is then made up of 10-book sets of various themes.

Costs and Staff Training

The full kits cost $3,200 for K-5 and $3,600 for K-8, each including 160 and 180 books and guides, respectively.  Other kit options include: Grades K-3 kit costs $1,600, 3-5 kit costs $1,700, and 6-8 kit costs $450. Components can also be purchased separately, although the whole set is a discounted price.

In person available is available but not required, offered in either a three or six hour format, costing $1,500 plus expenses. The developers try to match programs with nearby trainers to keep costs low.  An on-site support kit with six videos and training agendas, costing $235, is available as an effective self-training tool.

Staff Qualifications

No formal teaching experience is needed to implement KidzLit. Most of the instructor’s role is clearly spelled out by the guides. Practitioner and content expert reviews agree, with the content expert also suggesting that an instructor be familiar with reading strategies and development to better individualize instruction.

Standards Alignment

  • National: National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • State: None specified, although it has been aligned to the following states: Florida, Missouri, Georgia, Maryland, and New York

Research Base

Internal and independent evaluations of KidzLit have been conducted, all in afterschool settings.  These studies showed improvements in students’ attitude toward reading, vocabulary development, reading efficacy, and social attitudes.  Full reports can be found at

Evaluation Details

Kidzlit is based in research on effective literacy instruction for adolescents, specifically around the connection between students’ attitude toward reading and achievement scores.

Overall Strengths/Overall Challenges

  • Engaging literature curriculum.
  • This curriculum will likely spark a love of reading in many students.
  • Helps build character, values, and social skills as well as reading skills.
  • Large number and variety of books.
  • Manageable in terms of materials and training. There is a simple training kit to keep at the site, and sites do not need to purchase additional materials.
  • Curriculum will not solve serious struggles with reading ability or self-esteem issues.
  • Keeping track of all the books and their guides will be a challenge.
  • On-site support handbook is small and easily lost.

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