Welcome to Gemma

A nonprofit publisher devoted to advancing literacy for all and making the pleasure of reading accessible to everyone.

HiLo Books for Adult Literacy

Gemma HiLo books for adult reading learners are written by best-selling authors and important new voices who really know how to tell a story!

Build confidence and introduce students to the pleasure of reading with fresh, original, relevant stories that engage and inspire.

Now available!

Velocity by Rebecca Rolland

Resources for Teachers

At Gemma, we’re committed to supporting those who teach literacy, whether they are professionals, volunteers or program adminstrators.

To help, we offer many free teaching guides, lesson plans, quizzes and other resources to accompany our HiLo series of books

“Literacy is a human right.”

—UNESCO

Gemma is a nonprofit, charitable organization that has, since 2008, published original books, eBooks, and audiobooks to enhance adult and young adult literacy.

Our exciting series of HiLo books are specially designed for people on the path to English language literacy.

Their unique high-interest, low-reading-level format, delivers compelling stories written by best-selling authors and important new voices.

Our young adult fiction, memoir and books of travel writing resonate with themes of crossing cultures and diversity.

And, because people learn in different ways, we augment our printed books with audio versions, ebooks, lesson plans, teaching and reading guides, and a host of other resources to engage and empower new readers.

Featured Books

Cover image for The Two-Wheeled Detective by Susan Thompson
Book Cover for The Museum of Oddities
Book Cover for Newcomers by Greta Gorsuch
Book Cover for The Other by Laurie Foos
Cover image Forever and Ever by David Elliott
Cover Image for The Bear Suit by Marta Maretich
Cover image for A Girls' Guide to the Islands by Suzanne Kamata
Cover image for Jackie Robinson by Joe Schuster

Hot Off the Presses!

The Yellow House on Summer Street, HiLo book, Adult Literacy, Alice Savage

Mona

by Alice Savage

Yusef, now called Joe, his American wife, Brita, and their two boys are just starting to make friends in their new neighborhood. War in Syria has driven Joe from his home. His family is looking forward to a quiet life on Summer Street when a call from across the world changes everything. Soon, Joe’s nephew Rashid, who lost his own father in the conflict, comes to live with them. Although he had a rough time escaping the civil war, Rashid is a hopeful young man with an easy smile and lots of energy. Unfortunately, where Rashid goes, trouble often follows.

The Yellow House Stories follow daily life on Summer Street, an American neighborhood where cultures meet, challenges emerge, and people learn how to live together. Check out the second book in the series, Mona

Gemma News

It’s been a great year for Gemma!

Thanks to our partners and donors, 2023 was a banner year for our little press:

  • We celebrated 15 years of publishing engaging content for emerging adult readers and their teachers.
  • 360 + Book Donations to literacy programs in the US and UK.
  • 4 New HiLo Books: The Two-Wheeled Detective, The Museum of Oddities, Newcomers and Velocity.
  • 4 New Teaching Resources including Lesson Plans and Bookclub Guidelines
  • 3,750 HiLo Books distributed through our partnership with Proliteracy, New Readers Press and libraries.
  • $15,700 raised in donations from our generous supporters.
  • And much more!

Resources for Teachers

Gemma is dedicated to supporting literacy teachers and literacy programs everywhere.

To help speed literacy learners on their way to confident reading, many of our HiLo books come with free resources including teaching and reading guides, quizzes, lesson plans, and more!

There are also audio and e-book versions of many titles, providing alternative ways to teach and learn.

To find out what’s on offer, explore the HiLo books section, check out the Teaching Resources page, or browse Audiobooks.

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Your support makes our work possible

Many adult reading learners have only have kids’ books to study from.

Your support allows us to publish engaging, original, smart literature for people who struggle to read, comprehend English, or finish a book.

Gemma spotlights  THE BEST writing by gifted, contemporary authors whose books encourage reading competency and—just as important—foster the joy of reading.

Give now. And thank a teacher!