Mary Pecci

Mary Pecci, Reading Specialist

Reading teacher and author, Mary Pecci, is a petite, elegant lady I recently had the honor of meeting. She wrote the book, At Last, a Reading Method For Every Child (now in its 5th edition). It’s also available at

Pecci shares that the main things to remember to become a speed reader are:

1) Don’t subverbalize. Saying each word to yourself silently as you read it slows you down.
2) Guide with your finger so you don’t regress. The movement of your finger across the page and down keeps up the momentum.
3) Vary your speed. Slow down for formulas or if concepts require it.
4) Visualize what you’re reading. Make a video in your mind as you go along.

“It is important to look up words you come across that you don’t know,” said Pecci. “It’s pejorative,” she added. In essence, if we skip words we don’t know then we won’t fully comprehend what we’re reading.

You can find Mary Pecci’s instructional reading resources and the Pecci Reading Method at