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Pioneer Valley Books (PVB) offers educators high-quality print and digital solutions that provide diverse learners with comprehensive and explicit literacy instruction. Our engaging books, efficient assessments, dynamic lesson plans, powerful intervention, and other indispensable classroom resources improve teacher effectiveness and enable every student to become a lifelong reader and writer.

Our books are ideal for students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, elementary schoolers with special needs, and English Language Learners. Characters, story lines, and themes that appeal to young children have been carefully developed into books that really ‘work.’ Before publication, a dedicated team of classroom, literacy, and Reading Recovery teachers reviews each book. Carefully selected reading vocabulary, easy sentence structure, clear fonts, careful spacing, and attention to line breaks work together to assist in the development of strong reading strategies. Dynamic photographs and appealing illustrations provide the reader with support and extension of the text.

At Pioneer Valley Books, we value:  

Kindness KINDNESS—Compassionate and sympathetic behavior marked by acts of generosity, 
rendering assistance, or showing concern for others without expecting praise or rewards
 in return. “We are kind to one another.”



Respect RESPECTBehavior marked by intentional regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, 
opinions, or traditions of others. “We are genuine, open, direct and respectful to one another.”



Fairness FAIRNESSTreating people equitably and making determinations and decisions that are 
free from discrimination. “We treat people with dignity.”



Collaboration COLLABORATIONThe process of sharing information, resources, and responsibilities with 
teams or partners to jointly plan, implement, and evaluate a program of activities to
 achieve a common goal. “We are inclusive.”



Camaraderie CAMARADERIEThe understanding, loyalty, and trust created between colleagues at work 
as they build friendships and community. “We are a team.”



Our Commitment

At Pioneer Valley Books we believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all people. We believe that literacy is one of the foundations of success and our goal is to nurture a more diverse and inclusive generation of children who can read, think, learn, and have open hearts to all cultures, ethnicities, and viewpoints.

Together we stand in solidarity with the Black community—the teachers reading our books, the students who love them, and all our Black collaborators and colleagues. We stand with our friends around the world to speak out against racism, to encourage understanding, and to help create a world that is kinder and wiser.

—Michèle Dufresne, President, Pioneer Valley Books

Our History

Pioneer Valley Books was founded in 1998 in Amherst, Massachusetts, to provide books for children learning to read. We started with our Classic Black and White books. In 2007, Pioneer Valley Educational Press and Literacy Footprints, a literacy book and software company, merged. We have grown into a significant publisher with hundreds of titles in our catalog and a growing selection of innovative literacy teaching resources.

Our Customers

We believe that customer service is a cornerstone of our business. We are available to work one-on-one with each customer to find the right book for your child, student, or classroom. We also will gladly work with school districts and administrators who are making curriculum choices for their schools. Our customer service department will personally answer your questions and assist you with your order.

Our Team

Find out more about the team that helps to bring you quality books and resources year after year.