We give kids their own secret agent. Her name is Mia (and she’s secretly a robot). Mia helps elementary school students choose books they love for independent reading and become self-directed learners. She collaborates with their awesome teachers, for whom there aren’t enough hours in the day. And, she works with parents, schools, and philanthropic organizations to enable children to own the books they choose.
To grow into powerful readers, kids need to be able to choose books that match their interests, abilities, and identities and to learn to make those choices well. However, recommending the right books from which to choose is complex and time consuming, and many families and schools can’t afford to buy them. Mia uses technology to connect elementary school students to books that both motivate them and help them learn through personalized recommendations, coaching, and opportunities to own. Unlike online reading programs, Mia activity strengthens self-directed learning skills and builds kids’ personal libraries.