Almost every child can learn to read at an average or better level if taught so that they can learn.

The goal of Letters are Characters is to build communities where no child suffers when learning to read and all children read to their highest potential.

Letters are Characters empowers and links librarians, educators, and parents/caregivers to form literacy networks using a play-based reading program for emerging readers, coupled with an essential reading curriculum for adults.




Literacy is a basic right and providing it is a community responsibility.  

  Click on the video below to see what it's all about.  


Click the link below to view the Nation's Reading Report Card - 66% of 4th graders are not reaching literacy benchmarks.  In underserviced communities that number climbs to 80% . 


Nation's Reading Report Card


Connecticut Map Scores By School


We can do better with awareness and teamwork.  Early intervention, using Letters are Characters, can help close the achievement gap.


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Meet the Letters are Characters logo.


The yellow part is a cuneiform symbol for village/community. 

Cuneiform is the first written/read language developed 5,000 years ago. 

Our brains were not designed to read, we wire them for the job.

Reading acquisition is independent of intelligence.  


Meet the Letter Character L - she knows that the secret of life is love. She sits atop the community symbol.


Bring the two together, and we have the Letters are Characters Logo... rich with meaning.


Letters are Characters empowers communities to form literacy networks to overcome the American Reading Crisis, with love for our children.


Photo Gallery - Thank you to those that have shared pictures! Here is a sampling of the program in action in homes and libraries.





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Contact: Caroline Wilcox Ugurlu, PhD, WDP 

Founder Letters are Characters 


70 Camp Dutton Road, Litchfield, CT 06759