GemmaMedia publishes books and digital content featuring cultural memoir for young people and adults, literary fiction, and current affairs publishing with diversity at the heart of the story. Named for the brightest star in the Northern Crown, Gemma explores the brilliance of our shared and diverse experience.
In 2016, GemmaMedia established Gemma Open Door for Literacy a nonprofit organization. Gemma Open Door for Literacy supports UNESCO’s declaration that literacy is a fundamental human right. Our mission is to help ensure that adults and young adults have an opportunity to experience what many of us take for granted.
Gemma Open Door for Literacy offers fresh stories for new readers. Our books and eBooks are based on the highly successful Irish series for literacy. Original high interest / low reading level stories embrace grown-up themes (estranged brothers attempt to reconcile, a ghost doesn’t know she’s dead, the true stories of baseball’s one-season-wonders) by bestselling authors such as Maeve Binchy, Roddy Doyle, Kyoko Mori, and David Elliott, as well as important, emerging writers like Marta Maretich, Tim Rush, Charles Coe, and Rebecca Elswick.
Each book has no more than 10,000 words. With wide spacing and vocabulary-building text, Gemma Open Door titles range between 2 and 6 on the Flesch-Kincaid reading level. Every story is built with short sentences and frequent chapter breaks, encouraging a sense of accomplishment, early and often. Our authors create works with recognizable narrative lines, teaching the power of storytelling. Those who can learn to tell their own story can be heard.
Every Gemma Open Door author is asked to remember the book that first made him or her fall in love with reading. That is the experience we hope to replicate with these small books, fostering an appreciation for reading and giving readers the tools for enriched, fuller lives.