the doors

to literacy 

“Literacy is a human right.”

           – UNESCO

Since 2008, Gemma has been devoted to advancing adult literacy and the pleasure of reading. From young adult fiction to memoir to travel writing with consistent themes of crossing cultures and diversity, Gemma encourages the love of reading.

Our Gemma Open Door series is specifically designed for people on the path to English language literacy. Taken together, Gemma is a powerful literary combination to encourage reading at all levels.

Popular Resources


Audio combined with text helps in the acquisition of language and literacy. These free downloads are available for many titles.

Teaching & Reading Guides

To help teachers, mentors and new reader get the most out of our HiLo books, Teaching and Reading Guides and available for many titles.


Written at the first-grade level, these serial adaptations of three popular titles act as onramps to the bigger book.

HiLo Reading Levels

Select the right books for you or your students. Find the reading levels on all of our HiLo Gemma Open Door books.


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The author speaks...and writes!

Listen as Suzanne Kamata reads a passage from INDIGO GIRL. She introduces us to fifteen-year-old Aiko Cassidy, a bicultural girl with cerebral palsy who lives with her mother in Michigan. Having recently contacted her biological father, an indigo farmer, she is invited to spend the summer in Japan with his family. As she gets to know her dad and the story of his break with her mom, Aiko rethinks the meaning of family.

Suzanne shares this tender story with us as helpful writing prompts and encouragement for the new writer.

Featured Titles

new releases & best sellers

The Spy

Suzanne Kamata

Adult Literacy

Indigo Girl

Suzanne Kamata

Queen Serene

Greta Gorsuch

Adult Literacy

Spin Cycles

 Charles Coe

Ways to Support

Your support allows us to publish engaging, smart literature for people who struggle to read, comprehend English, or finish a book.  And many only have kids’ books to study. Gemma spotlights  THE BEST writing we can find to encourage the joy of reading. 

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