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 books and programs with a purpose 



Every simplyput project begins with a book that combines illustration, first-person narrative, and comprehensive information to explore transformative moments, shared experiences, and complicated paradigms in the lives of families that are too often neglected by commercial publishers.


These friendly, multi-lingual, graphic guides combines first-person narrative, illustrations, and information to address families authentic social, emotional, and economic challenges – while demystifying  the systemic and personal issues that shape all of our experiences.


Everything is created with and for parents from diverse communities using the Simplyput Workshop Model - to ensure we inform and delight an audience who has rarely seen their culture,  experiences and strengths reflected or their real concerns addressed, in commercial media.  

Books can be powerful agents for change.  But only when they are open, read and digested. That's why every simplyput book is supported by tools to take information “out of the book” & into the lives of readers who may never have had that extraordinary joy that comes from reading a book that feels like it was created "just for me." 

Each simplyput book is supported by additional  media for readers (a companion workbook, additional reading lists, audio, animations, etc.) and program tools (professional development training, curriculum, implementation guides, etc.) so educators, community leaders and peers can take stories and ideas “out of the book” to spark authentic group discussion, learning and even organizing.  

These programmatic tools are are also developed organically using the Simplyput Workshop Model. As parents, compassionate teachers, caregivers and other community providers open the book to support families they serve - within the health, social service, education, immigration or criminal justice systems, we develop, together, programmatic tools and innovative strategies.  


Finally, we evaluate our tools and look for the impact of each project - in order to learn,  change, revise - as we distribute great materials and best practices - and keep learning from all those who have read and shared them.    

All simplyput book, programs & media are created using our nationally and internationally tested
Participatory Research, Development, Evaluation and Replication Model

This iterative process “learns with” “creates with” and “pays for” the wisdom, strengths and insights within communities – ensuring it is collected, shared and used to inform, enrich, even mobilize audiences who rarely see their experiences reflected or their real concerns addressed in print or electronic media.
Our mission is to change:

  • What books, media and programs are available to parents from historically neglected audiences.

  • Whose voice, perspective and talents lead the creation of these books & media.

  • Which cultures and languages are represented, and how communities are reflected.

  • Where materials are distributed and how they are used.

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