Lifetime Education & Nonprofit Leader Ellen Moir Joins BookNook Advisory Board

Lifetime Education & Nonprofit Leader Ellen Moir Joins BookNook Advisory Board

OAKLAND, Calif — BookNook continued increasing the depth of experience on its advisory board today by adding longtime education leader and teacher advocate, Ellen Moir. 

Ellen is the Founder and former CEO of the New Teacher Center, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders. Ellen’s deep expertise will help BookNook improve on its professional development process for teachers across the US that use BookNook to help them provide world class reading instruction.

Ellen also brings with her a wealth of knowledge about school districts and their operations which will increase the effectiveness of the BookNook partnerships team as they implement in more districts across the country.

“Ellen is a legend in the teaching community and brings a unique and incredibly valuable perspective to efforts to support  teachers in those challenging first few years on the job,” said Michael Lombardo, BookNook’s CEO and Founder. “She will help us continue to refine our platform for teachers of all backgrounds and we look forward to partnering with her to realize our shared vision that every child in the United State should get excellent teaching every day.”

Ellen said “I continue to be impressed with what BookNook has been able to do with technology; particularly the way it scaffolds for teachers, para-educators, and afterschool employees. I’m extremely lucky to have joined forces with such a talented group who cares about teachers and ensuring that their students get the best instructional content.”

About BookNook

BookNook is on a mission to ensure every child has access to a world-class teaching with an adaptive digital reading and language platform that helps students make measurable progress in improving achievement. With a headquarters in Oakland, CA, BookNook has partners and employees across 19 states dedicated to serving the student in their community with an easy-to-use, rigorous, and fun platform.

Press Contact:
Nate Strong

RELEASE: BookNook and Young Authors Publishing announce new partnership to get diverse content in the hands of thousands of students

RELEASE: BookNook and Young Authors Publishing announce new partnership to get diverse content in the hands of thousands of students

OAKLAND, Calif. and ATLANTA, Ga. — and BookNook, organizations focused on furthering the potential of students across the United States today announced a new partnership that will allow stories written by diverse young authors to be distributed to thousands of students daily on the BookNook platform.

By partnering, Young Authors Publishing is gaining a new digital distribution channel that increases its reach significantly, and BookNook will increase the quality and diversity of texts in the BookNook text library.

“This new partnership allows us to live deeper into our core vision of believing that all kids are story-worthy,” said Leah Hernandez, founder of Young Authors Publishing. “We want students across the country to be reflected in the books they read and to know that they too can be storytellers.”

“There is a dearth of good books that reflect the diverse communities in America. One of our values as a company is ‘We are Our Community’ – where our technology and our curriculum reflect the communities in which we serve. This partnership allows us to further our reach into our communities because these stories actually reflect many of the populations we serve, and we couldn’t be more excited about the potential of distributing these books to the thousands of students who read BookNook daily.” said Michael Lombardo, Founder and CEO of BookNook.

The new titles from Young Authors Publishing, [If I Were President, The Helpful Duo, A Day Inside and Never Give Up ], are written by students through an 8-week Experience Program that teaches students how to write their children’s book & the fundamentals of  financial literacy. royalties from Young Authors Books go into a savings account for each young author. 

BookNook will digitize the books and write scaffolded and rigorous comprehension and vocabulary lessons, and then load them into their platform where they can be accessed by the thousands of students who use BookNook in school and after school each day.

About BookNook
Based in Oakland, California, BookNook helps students dramatically accelerate their reading progress with a collaborative and adaptive digital platform for K-8 reading and language.

About Young Authors Publishing
Young Authors Publishing is a not-for-profit children’s book publisher that exists to share the stories of children, many who live in undeserved communities. We believe that  all kids are story worthy, and we make it our mission to share those stories.

Press Contact:
Nate Strong,

BookNook Wins MIT Competition for Digital Research in Education

BookNook Wins MIT Competition for Digital Research in Education

We are thrilled to share that the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has selected BookNook for its second round of groundbreaking social science research projects. The full press announcement is here.

With our selection comes both a financial grant and technical assistance to help us work with one of our strongest implementation partners, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, to plan a rigorous randomized control trial research (RCT) project for the 2020-21 school year.

As a dual bottom line company, we are committed to ensuring that our programs don’t just delight students and help make teachers’ lives easier–we want to see that they are driving significant reading improvement for students.

While we are excited to have seen such a large effect size in the quasi-experimental design study we released in the spring, RCT is the ‘gold standard’ in social science research and will help us to better understand how students are benefiting from their time using BookNook.

We are grateful to the JPAL team at MIT for selecting us, and to BGC Greater Houston for signing on as our partner for this research–and most of all for our students, whose effort and engagement with our platform are what make all of this possible!

Read the release from MIT here.

Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi to be Featured Author for BookNook

Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi to be Featured Author for BookNook

OAKLAND, Calif., February 28, 2018 — Today Olympic Gold Medalist, Children’s author, and philanthropist Kristi Yamaguchi announced that she will serve as a featured author on BookNook, a new technology platform that helps children overcome difficulties in learning to read.

“My goal with children’s books, such as “Dream Pig, Little Pig” is to support kids in dreaming big and achieving those dreams, no matter what challenges they face. Partnering with BookNook is a perfect way to both share that message and to help students build a love of reading and become confident readers,” said Yamaguchi.

“We’re so excited to be working with an inspiring figure like Kristi,” said Michael Lombardo, Founder and CEO of BookNook. “I hope our students will catch the Olympic spirit and give their all as readers.”

Through BookNook’s network of partner schools and nonprofits spanning 14 states, Yamaguchi’s work will reach an estimated 50,000 children in the first year alone.


BookNook, Inc.
120 Linden St
Oakland, CA 94607
Press contact: Nate Strong

Kristi Yamaguchi & the Always Dream Foundation
125 Railroad Avenue Suite 203
Danville, CA 94526
Press contact: Lori Yamaguchi

About BookNook
BookNook is an innovative new app focused on supporting reading instruction that used by schools across 14 states. With little training, any adult, teacher, or even near-peers can help younger students achieve academic success through small group literacy instruction.