Bruce Murray, College of Education The Reading Genie


Welcome to the Reading Genie

Genie reading a book
The Reading Genie


I am Dr. Bruce Murray–the Reading Genie–Professor of Reading Education in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Auburn University. Actually, there’s nothing magic about learning to read when we base our instruction on the science of reading education.  We can plan lessons using this public knowledge base to ease children into reading and spelling with the alphabetic code.  Soon they will be reading independently with understanding and enjoyment.


NEW! READING TUTORING: Information about the 2022 Auburn University Summer Reading Tutoring program for struggling readers.


NEW! Tips for Parents with Young Readers. Super student Cate Behl offers a practical and easy-to-read website to help parents apply the findings of the science of reading education to help their children at home.

Outreach Materials

A new two-volume series of decodable stories for beginning readers is now available to parents and teachers. Early readers can develop the ability to read words as they follow the adventures of mischievous animals and two diverse families of children. What children learn in phonics will work to unlock the words with these books. No contextual guessing is necessary.

Now available from Linus Books: The complete and updated explanation of the ideas on teaching reading summarized briefly on this site. 

Making Sight Words applies reading research to provide explicit directions on how to help children learn to read words effortlessly, without memorization. This is the book I wish I’d had when I first studied Reading Education. Click here for a synopsis of the book

LESSONS: These links take you to research-based instruction in learning to read.

BOOKS FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS: Links to a newly published decodable book series, and to short-vowel decodable texts written by teachers.

FROM THE CLASSROOM: These lessons apply scientific knowledge of reading with creativity and flair.

MATERIALS: These links take you to materials for reading teachers, especially preservice teachers enrolled at Auburn University.

TEACHING IDEAS: These links take you to ideas for teaching students how to read, especially by tutoring.

RESOURCES: These links take you to other interesting information about reading on the web.

RESEARCH: These links take you to state-of-the-art research about reading.

CRITICAL READING: How to strip away emotional language, sort facts from opinions, examine the qualifications and motives of writers, and consider whether the evidence warrants believing a claim as “nothing but the truth.”

David Diaz and TMWMA are now providing a translation of the Reading Genie website into Ukrainian.

Check back for more research-based information on teaching children to read.
If you have comments, questions, or suggestions, e-mail me at

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Last modified: February 9, 2022