Our Name 




: possessing an ability to think clearly and to understand at depths beyond what is obvious or simplistic


: highly developed; strong, sensitive, acute, adept, adroit


: excited about and interested in something


Our mission of broadening and deepening the literacy skills, habits, and dispositions of all readers is well-served by this little word.





Launched in 2015, KeenReading.org is a research dissemination and application effort for years of academic and practical work by Dr. Matt Thomas at the University of Central Missouri, focused on reviving and advancing a construct called "reading maturity," measured by The Reading Maturity Survey,  a simple free tool for literacy self-assessment and goal-setting.  There have been several influential scholars and teachers over the past half century who have shaped and advanced this effort; these are chronicled in the 2013 overview article linked here.  For a TV interview by a local PBS show, providing a pretty good overview of the effort, please click here





Matt Thomas

Founder of Keen Reading
  • Ph.D., Interdisciplinary, with Education as coordinating discipline and Urban Leadership and Policy Studies in Education as co-discipline, University of Missouri Kansas City

  • M.A., Education, Pepperdine University

  • B.A., English with California Teaching Credential, The Master's College


Matt is a Professor of Reading and Chair of the School of Teaching & Learning in the College of Education at the University of Central Missouri.


Please click here to read more of Matt's bio.

Amy Farr - Digital Marketing
Digital Marketers for Keen Reading
  • M.B.A., Marketing, University of Central Missouri

  • B.S.B.A., Marketing, University of Central Missouri


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