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About us


The team of Total Words started small but we draw on big theories. Our team began with two: an educational psychologist-author, and an artist, with specialised expertise in design for learning.


We draw on learning theory, design theory, culture studies, language theory and positive psychology, taking principles from these schools of thought and converting them into the features of each page of our books.

The Expertise Behind the Books:

People putting theory onto pages


More than just reading

Reading is more than recognising words. Our books present reading texts that are factual, support classroom topics, are interesting and personally motivating, texts that challenge, prompt opinions, emotions, questions.



Our books are designed for students to engage with material that matters to them, supporting their reading development beyond the skills of recognising words into the skills of being thoughtful, questioning readers.




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