TCM | Teacher Created Materials

Free Spirit Publishing

To Create a world in which children love to learn!

Teacher Created Materials (TCM) has spent over 40 years making learning more fun and effective by capturing students’ attention with innovative and imaginative products. TCM has become known and trusted by educators for providing materials that empower students to become lifelong learners. All TCM books are leveled by Lexile® and Fountas and Pinnell.

Follett connects schools and districts to the resources that best engage students, and who knows how to engage all types of learners better than teachers?

Teacher Created Materials (TCM) develops innovative and imaginative products to capture students’ attention to make learning effective and fun! TCM has become known and trusted by educators for providing materials that empower students to become lifelong learners. Our new imprint, Free Spirit Publishing, provides important resources focused on social and emotional learning, early childhood education, and professional resources. TCM books are leveled by Lexile® and Fountas & Pinnell (F&P).

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Literary Text

Grades PreK-12

Today more than ever, young people need social and emotional guidance. We aim to support all kids by developing their talents, building self-esteem and social skills, and fostering a positive outlook on life so they can reach their full potential. Our SEL books tackle tough topics, such as anger, stress management, childhood and teenage depression, anxiety, grief and loss, juvenile justice, and conflict resolution.

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See Me Read! Everyday Words

Grades K-5

We provide a wide selection of nonfiction and fiction books to expose students to a variety of fascinating people, places, and cultures – helping them understand and appreciate different points of view, customs, and traditions. Our books include diverse characters and promote equality and inclusion of everyone.

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Grades PreK-2

Introduce early readers to the letters and sounds of the alphabet with these fun and colorful books. These books provide a path for growth by introducing the most common sounds, progressing into vowel rimes and stories, and then learning and recognizing high-frequency words.

These books…make big impressions on beginning readers. Colorful, simply designed, and fortified with image-text matches on every page,...these starter books are a solid springboard to launch students on their way to independent reading.

– School Library Journal

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Grades K-5 • Available in English and Spanish

Teacher Created Materials has collaborated with iCivics, a trusted partner in civics education founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, to create high-interest and motivational nonfiction books. Help students explore social issues, understand government, make logic-based arguments, and consider different opinions. These leveled books address relevant civics topics while guiding students to become civic-minded members of society.

Young readers get an introduction to citizenship and civic action in this series. VERDICT: Highly recommended for classrooms and libraries. Kids will feel empowered to be active members of their communities.

– School Library Journal

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Literary Text

Grades K-5 • Available in
English with Select Titles in Spanish

These beautifully illustrated fiction leveled readers are designed to capture students’ attention and build word-recognition skills, reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension through intricate, leveled readers. Kids will enjoy a wide range of engaging fiction genres, from Graphic Novels to poetry.

These fiction books are great! They are bright and cheerful with fun and captivating storylines. A great diversity of characters attracts a wide audience. Readers can see themselves in the relatable characters and are completely engaged… These fun titles would be a great addition to a primary classroom library!

– Amy Hall, Librarian

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Grades K-5 • Available in English and Spanish

TCM ignites students’ desire to solve real-world problems through hands-on STEAM challenges created in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution. This series features high-interest leveled readers and career advice from Smithsonian staff working in STEAM professions.

This opportunity to design, fail, redesign, and improve helps learners build a set of invaluable life skills. It is so exciting to see students developing and refining these skills over time. These young students will be the people who change the world as we know it. It is our job to provide them with the skills to do so!

— Sally Creel, Ed.D, STEM & Innovation Supervisor, Professional Development Consultant

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Time For Kids

Grades K-8 • Available in English
Grades K-5 • Available in Spanish

Teacher Created Materials has partnered with TIME for Kids® and TIME® to transform their engaging articles into stimulating leveled readers, bringing fascinating cross-curricular content to students worldwide. These dynamic nonfiction books are designed to keep both gifted and striving readers engaged. The variety of high-interest topics appeals to all readers, motivating them to explore and expand their content knowledge. The topics are perfect for reports and projects and align with state, national, and College and Career Readiness standards.

These leveled [books] entertain while filling a curricular need. Conversational text and absorbing layouts with plenty of sidebars, questions to consider, facts, graphics, and color photos will entice even the most reluctant of readers.

— Booklist

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Themed Fiction and
Nonfiction Sets

Grades K-3 • Available in
English with Select Titles in Spanish

Dive into these fun and engaging leveled compilations of TIME for kids® and Literary Text in six-book themed sets on animals, health and fitness, space adventures, and the human body. Each set includes three fiction and three nonfiction titles.

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See Me Read! Everyday Words

See Me Read! Everyday Words

Grades PreK-1

Develop confidence in emergent readers while they learn to recognize the most frequently used words in multiple contexts with these fun, colorful books featuring rebus pictures. These books focus on Fry’s First 100 Words, so students can practice reading while developing vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency skills.

I love that the books are nonfiction and that my students can read them independently. The topics are kid-friendly and cover all content areas.

– Kindergarten Teacher, Texas

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