Our Story

As the mom of a struggling reader, Melinda Thompson had trouble finding learn-to-read books that were easy enough. On a mission to create the easiest learn-to-read books ever, she pulled together an amazing team: a literacy consultant with Harvard credentials, a co-writer who previously worked at Walt Disney Television, and an illustrator who earned one Emmy and five Emmy nominations for his art and graphic design work.

Inspired by Tom’s Shoes “One for One” business model, Budding Reader donates an e-book to a child in need every time we sell one.