Shining Readers creates inviting leveled books for beginning readers. Helping readers shine, we believe that every child can become the best reader he or she can be with engaging books, positive support, and practice. Our focus is on the reader with simple yet meaningful stories and illustrations that encourage conversations and writing.

As a National Board Certified Reading Teacher and former Reading Recovery Teacher®, I observed children daily who found learning to read challenging. Children will persevere when you believe in them and partner with them in the reading process. Thanks to all the children, their families, and teachers whom I have had the opportunity to work with – we have learned so much together.

Keep Reading,
Jen Fenrich

Our Team

Founder/Author, Jennifer Fenrich, a National Board Certified Reading Specialist and former Reading Recovery© Teacher, shares the love of reading with elementary children for over fifteen years in public education. She lives near the Blue Ridge Mountains with her husband, Richard, and loves hiking in the mountains, kayaking on the New River, and taking “detours” with her family.

Illustrator, Tessa Riley is currently majoring in visual communication design and minoring in art history at Virginia Tech. She has always aspired to be a children’s book illustrator and hopes to continue illustrating after she graduates college. In her free time Tessa enjoys hiking, running (runs track and cross country for Virginia Tech) and of course, drawing!

Illustrator, Grace Yi was an honors student who graduated with a BFA in Studio Art from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She currently resides in northern Virginia as a graphic designer by day and a children’s book illustrator by night. Grace finds inspiration from her love of nature and its intricate decorative qualities and its effortless beauty, and has found interest in exploring a wide variety of media and styles.

Illustrator, Leyla Kiran received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she focused primarily in ceramics and sculpture. When she is not illustrating for Shining Readers, Leyla is a studio assistant for a Chicago-based jewelry and object design duo called Minima Maxima. In her own art practice, Leyla is interested in using humor as an accessible entry point for talking about serious issues like mental health and social justice. Her other interests include dogs, coffee, loud music, and orange things.

Editor, Megan Anne Fenrich, is a graduate student at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She recently received her Master’s degree in Italian Studies and plans to continue with her PhD. She has experience with educational curriculum and instruction, graphic design and professional writing. When not studying, Megan enjoys photography, outdoor activities, and dreaming of places to visit.


Community Partnerships Shining Readers advocates children’s literacy through community outreach and conferences. Thanks to all our community partners and the important work they do every day.

  • Auburn High School and Little Free Library Project
  • Blacksburg High School and Little Free Library Project
  • Eastern Montgomery High School and Little Free Library Project
  • Montgomery County Christmas Store and Giving
  • Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library and Little Free Library Project
  • St. Mary’s Little Angels Preschool and Giving
  • Salvation Army and Angel Trees