Riley the Reading Raccoon

TDOE Announces Winter Literacy Campaign for Tennessee Families: S.I.M.P.L.E. Moments at Home with Riley the Reading Raccoon 

The Tennessee Department of Education announced the launch of a Reading 360 winter family literacy campaign— S.I.M.P.L.E. Moments At Home, Reading with Riley the Raccoon. Throughout the winter months, the department will be sharing on social media ways families can continue learning at home over the winter break and how they can create special sounds-first reading moments with their children. Follow #ReadLikeRiley on social media for regular updates.

The S.I.M.P.L.E. Moments at-home literacy campaign will use a social media strategy to provide quick and easy at-home activities to play with sounds. Through daily messages, “Talk with an Expert” hour, and a wealth of additional resources, the department looks forward to partnering with families to ensure they have what they need to support their child’s reading journey through S.I.M.P.L.E. Moments with Riley the Reading Raccoon.

S.I.M.P.L.E. stands for:  

S – Focus on hearing and playing with sounds to create pre-reading experiences. 
I – Stay informed on ways to support your child. 
M – Use the shared resources as a model for playing and talking with your child. 
P – Play games at home that involve sounds and words.  
L– Spend time listening and learning with your child.  
E– Engage in opportunities to learn will best prepare your child for school. 

Beginning Friday, December 10, families can engage with the department through weekly “Talk with an Expert” hour-long sessions on Fridays from 11-12 p.m. CT. Families can use a computer or mobile app to join the meeting during the 11-12 p.m. CT hour each Friday.  


At-Home Decodable Books Available for All Tennessee Families


The At-Home Decodable Book Series is now available for free for all Tennessee families of K–2 children to encourage at-home reading practice to help young learners become stronger readers. This launch is part of the family component of the state’s Reading 360 initiative to help boost strong reading skills amongst Tennessee students.

Each free decodable packet has 7 decodable booklets, which contain 20+ exciting stories full of sounds and words to practice. Families can read the stories at home with their child to help them sound out words and build their reading skills.  To access these free Decodables for your family, click the link below.