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Lively Letters™ is a research-based and clinically-proven, multi-sensory reading program that turns plain, abstract letters and sounds into lively characters. Created by Nancy Telian, MS, CCC-SLP, forty-seven letters and letter combinations are embedded into colorful pictures that show students what to do with their mouths when making the letter sounds.

For nearly 30 years, educators have relied on Lively Letters to accelerate reading achievement and close gaps for struggling readers.Lively Letters Characters

  • Modernized and enhanced letter characters featuring more diversity
  • Letters have been consistently sized and aligned to reflect the correct position on the page when reading or writing
  • All letter picture card sets now include the plain letters, too
  • Various sizes of uppercase letter picture cards, and plain letter cards, as well as uppercase workbooks, now available
  • And many more upgraded features

Click here to see the full list of product enhancements and compare the New Generation Lively Letters with the Classic version.

Unique Features

Embedded Imagery Drawing a Face

Embedded Imagery

Mouth, Hand, and Body Cues

Mouth, hand, and body cues

Music and Music Notes


Funny Mnemonic Stories

Funny Mnemonic Stories

Why it Works

Addressing Multiple Targets

The Lively Letters™ program addresses multiple targets, simultaneously training students in the critical skills of:

• phonemic awareness
• phonics
• speech production

Oral Kinesthetics and Mnemonics

The oral kinesthetic (mouth cues) feature of the Lively Letters™ Program helps set it apart from other multi-sensory programs, as students are taught what to do with their mouths in order to produce the sounds.

This is done in a fun and engaging way as students are introduced to meaningful letter characters that are strategically embedded right into the letters.

Errorless Responding

Lively Letters™ uses proven strategies for errorless responding to prevent sequencing errors and impulsive guessing for those with rapid naming problems.

Engaging, Multi-sensory Products

Browse our multi-sensory materials and workbooks that make learning to read easy and fun.

“I absolutely LOVE this program! I saw such success with my students - they would BEG me to introduce more sounds or review the ones we learned." ~ Cindy, kindergarten teacher

Quickly and Dramatically Closing Achievement Gaps

Lively Letters™ students gain years in reading level skills in just weeks.

Students trained with the Lively Letters™ program typically show improvements of 1.5 to 3 grade levels in the areas of phonemic awareness, phonetic decoding, and oral reading in as little as 6-8 weeks, with even higher gains seen in older students.



The keys to closing achievement gaps

  • Quickly training letter-sound associations
  • Improving speech production skills for articulating the sounds
  • Building high-level phonemic awareness skills of sound blending, segmenting and manipulation
  • Training skills of phonetic reading and spelling of single words (one-syllable through multisyllable)
  • Building automaticity for single word decoding (reading), which helps improve reading fluency

Characters your students will love!

Meet a few of the Lively Letters™! Explore our free resources - songs, stories, coloring pages, and activities.

Lively Letters Collage

State Standards and Multi-tiered Systems of Support

Lively Letters™ is aligned with Common Core, and other state standards. It is also used in all tiers of multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) such as Response to Intervention (RTI). School systems, administrators, and clinicians who use Reading with TLC in all three tiers of instruction consistently show:

  • tremendous improvements in standardized tests of reading and spelling
  • significant reductions in referrals for early intervention and special education services

Lively Letters - there’s an app for that!

The only app for phonemic awareness, phonics, and speech production that can actually teach these skills, not just drill or test them.

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