World Book's New Online Early World of Learning Gives Youngest Learners a Head Start in Literacy and Learning

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Developed with education experts for preschool through early primary grades, Early World of Learning enriches classroom curriculum.

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Early learning sets the foundation for success in school and requires building critical literacy skills

World Book, Inc. today introduced Early World of Learning, the premier online resource to help young learners build vocabulary, comprehension, phonics, and reading fluency. As the latest addition to World Book Classroom, a series of innovative and effective teaching resources to improve learning in the classroom setting, Early World of Learning offers rich resources that easily integrate into the classroom curriculum in preschool and early elementary grades.

Early World of Learning includes three interactive learning environments:

  • Trek's Travels, offering stories, games, and original videos to help young learners master critical early childhood themes, develop vocabulary, and gain reading comprehension.
  • Welcome to Reading, helping pre- and early readers strengthen phonics, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and comprehension skills.
  • Know It, engaging early learners with non-fiction reading in a richly visual interactive first encyclopedia.

"Early learning sets the foundation for success in school and requires building critical literacy skills," said University of Maryland early-education specialist Dr. Rebecca Silverman, who served as World Book's chief consultant on content development for Early World of Learning. "Early World of Learning uses leveled reading, fiction and non-fiction content, interactivity, and multimedia to support growth in important literacy skills while making learning fun for children."

Among literacy-building features included in Early World of Learning are:

  • Story narration by human voices of different genders and ethnicities;
  • Word-by-word highlighting to foster development of literacy skills;
  • Educational, interactive games to reinforce comprehension;
  • Printable activities in English or Spanish for use in the classroom or to take home; and
  • Classic children's stories, nursery rhymes, and songs, which can be downloaded to an MP3 player for children who may not be read to at home, or who would like extra reading time.

Additionally, each area of Early World of Learning includes a comprehensive Education Center, providing teachers with additional resources, Lexile Framework® for Reading measurements to ensure early readers use text at their level, and state- and province-based Curriculum Correlations.

"Educators often struggle to find appropriate resources for young children," said Patti Ginnis, World Book's vice president of digital products. "Early World of Learning provides them with the resources to work with young children with a variety of needs, skills, and learning styles."

Ordering Early World of Learning

Early World of Learning is available on a subscription basis from World Book's school and library sales force at 800-975-3250 (U.S.) or 800-837-5365 (Canada) and from the school and library ordering site (

About World Book Classroom

World Book Classroom offers innovative and effective teaching resources to enhance curriculum and improve learning in the classroom setting. In addition to Early World of Learning, resources also include Dramatic Learning for building reading fluency and content comprehension through plays, skits, and monologues.

About World Book

World Book, Inc. sets the standard in publishing accurate, current, and reliable reference and learning materials for children and adults. Based in Chicago, World Book is committed to creating educational products that meet the highest standards of editorial excellence in print and online. This commitment has resulted in a wide range of products including the number-one selling The World Book Encyclopedia; the World Book Web, which is the most comprehensive and authoritative online solution to meet the diverse information needs of students, educators, public library patrons, and families; and World Book Classroom, innovative and effective teaching resources to improve learning in the classroom setting. World Book ( is a Scott Fetzer company, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.

EDITORS NOTE: Members of the media interested in reviewing Early World of Learning should contact Mary Jung at 773-429-0940.


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