Big City Readers is a children's education company based in Chicago, IL.

It was found by Beth Gaskill (aka Miss Beth) to promote early literacy development for infants and toddlers, provide reading support for elementary kids and be a place for parents to connect all in the name of keeping reading fun!

We run weekly early literacy classes, partner with local businesses to host themed events and we offer free story times at different toys and books stores around Chicago! Learn more @bigcityreaders on instagram.

Read about big city readers in the press here!

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we believe children need flexibility and fun in order to grow into confident readers.



Sarah, Violet’s mom, 7 months old


Katie, Hank’s mom, Pre-K

BCR makes this city mom feel connected, informed and like the best mom ever. I feel selfish because I wake her up from her nap to make it to class because it’s so much fun, and those are my people! Then I feel better because I learn SO much about what to do at home to support her development through language, rhymes, songs, signs, play, and how to read aloud! I’ve made 3 really awesome mom friends here, so thank you. Can we just sign up for life? It’s the only class our entire family looks forward to all week! My husband wants to go, baby wants to go, I want to go. I feel like I need to tell all the mamas this is the place they need to be.


Ms. Gaskill is both charismatic and creative --- always thinking outside the box. My son can be quite rambunctious, but Ms. Gaskill demonstrated from the onset that she had the tools to get even the rowdiest of boys to WANT to sit down, and read. And that’s all a parent can ask for. My child LOVES to read! He WANTS to show her how he’s progressing – and even gets competitive about it. He LOVES to share with us all that he’s learning. And that’s all thanks to Ms. Gaskill.

Sam, will’s mom, 1st + 3rd grade

Beth is an integral part of shaping our children’s learning experience and providing a head start to successful reading and learning throughout their lives.

She has worked with my 7-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter for the past few years. During the school year, she has worked with both in small reading groups through the classroom teacher. In the summer, they LOVE being part of her summer reading groups. She has instilled in both a confidence and an excitement for learning that my husband and I could not provide.

Lori, Ava’s mom 4th grade

Reading with Ms. Gaskill has been a highlight of Ava's week all year long. Not only have I been delighted about her increased enthusiasm for reading, I have been floored by how much progress she's made this year. I have to credit the extra support and attention from Ms. Gaskill for this tremendous growth. She makes reading fun, exciting, and most of all accessible for all kids. Ava has emerged a confident and enthusiastic reader as a result of her time with Ms. G!

Mija, 5th grade

Ms. Gaskill is so awesome! She makes a room happy when she walks in. She teaches in fun ways! She is very creative and thinks of fun activities that help us learn. It makes it feel like we're just playing but we're really learning!

Beth, Josiah’s mom, 1st grade

Trying to teach my son to read was honestly excruciating. The English language is nuts! There are teachers and then there are people with no patience (me) and say (scream) things like "just sound it out!" I was on track to permanently destroy any interest my son had in reading, ever. Josiah started the first grade actually behind where he finished in Kindergarten - the dreaded summer slide had made its mark. We started lessons in the fall with Miss Beth at a level B and by Christmas he was at level E! He's now finishing his first grade year at a level J, and get this, he actually ENJOYS reading. Beth is a gold mine.