Our Story

Where it all began…

Developed in the 1990s by teacher/educational psychologist Dr. Marlys Isaacson and updated in 2019, Picture Me Reading teaches the 220 (+ 4 extra) Dolch high-frequency words using a visual cue embedded in each word on one side of the card.  On the reverse of each card is an auditory cue for context as well as the word with no picture.

Where we are now

Picture Me Reading today is available around the world, led by Marian Daugherty & Karen Shaw. With much appreciation of PMR founder, Dr. Marlys Isaacson, and her life’s work, for her husband Alan, who so generously trusted us to carry on her legacy, and with excitement and a passion for helping children learn to read. Having known each other since childhood, Karen and Marian (with the support and encouragement of their husbands) decided to purchase the company to help keep Picture Me Reading  available for children and their parents and teachers now and in the future.
The team are truly passionate and the real success that they have witnessed it to bring into people’s lives. Joined by Rachel Senior they have expanded the resources to market and made it wider available to buy online around the world.

Meet the Team

Marian Daughtery


Karen Shaw


Rachel Senior

Editor, Graphic Designer & Social Media