The books from Short Tales Press tell charming stories about experiences that will be familiar and accessible to all children. The photographs are beautiful and add diversity to the early literacy materials available. The books are well made and will stand up to years of use.

Laurel Dickey
Reading Recovery Teacher Leader

I love the books from Short Tales Press.  They are filled with real experiences that children can relate to.  The photo’s support the text and help each child to place themselves into the story.  The stories are contemporary and reflect the experiences of children who have all been born in the 21st century.

Alice Bennett
Reading Recovery Teacher Leader
New Jersey



All of my Reading Recovery students absolutely love the Colin and Calick books! They definitely support the early emergent reader’s skill development. From the repetitive texts in the lower levels, to the variety and challenge of the upper levels, my students look forward to seeing what Colin or Calick are going to experience next without realizing the challenging reading they are doing. These books have been especially helpful with my students who are English Language Learners. The everyday activities Colin does are the very things they can relate to and discuss. We can’t wait for the next books in the series to be published. We are especially excited to read all about Anthony and Luca. It looks as though we have more friends to add to our book collection!

Kathy Provost
Reading Recovery/Reading Specialist
Hudson Public Schools
Hudson, MA

My primary students truly look forward to reading the Short Tales books over and over, and I find that these are great motivators in getting my struggling students to practice their reading. The books are wonderfully relevant to the students’ own lives with just enough new information to keep them learning, and the pictures (photographs of real people and animals) are some of the best I’ve seen. The text at each level is authentically and thoughtfully written with words that need to be learned by students at that level.

Kudos to the author for making such beautiful books available to teachers and parents!

Carol Millet
Reading Recover/Reading Specialist
East Irondequoit CSD
Rochester, NY

My daughter is 18 months old and loves books. Although she can’t read yet, she’s well on her way to knowing her colors, because of her buddy Calick and his crayons. She LOVES dogs and will always joyfully yell out “ED” that being red, every time we begin the book Colors.

Canandaigua, NY

Hey MaryAnn, here’s my thoughts on your books from a real ‘Parent’s’ perspective :

We love the way that Meadow relates to the stories in your books. She has had many familiar experiences, shares a lot of the same toys and has fun and love in her life just like her friend Colin. This familiarity has given her the confidence to ‘read’ the books herself, actually memorizing the captions ! We love the format of the books, it’s very easy to point out other details in the pictures and she has fun making up stories about those sometimes funny and candid shots.
Jason, Michelle, Meadow and our future reader Summer !
Ottawa, Canada

Meadow asks for the books by name at bedtime ‘Let’s read some MaryAnn McAlpin books’ she says. Very cute !Thanks and best of luck

Parent, CSCP

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