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Choosing the right book

Choosing the right book

Our books are high-low, which means that the content is appropriate to the actual age of readers but the text has been edited to suit a lower reading age. Our reading ages (RAs) are 6, 6.5, 7 and 8 and our interest ages (IAs) range from mid-primary to adult. If you know your child or student’s reading age you can browse our titles by RA/IA (on the menu on the left), or browse by category and check the RA/IA of any book that takes your fancy with our at-a-glance buttons.

If you don’t know your child’s reading age, try our sample pages below. Ask your child to look at the page and cover any words they can’t read with a finger. As a rule of thumb, assume that the book is too difficult if they cover more than five words per page.

Download sample pages:

d11 d12 d13 d14
d21 d22 d23 d24

Other tips:

  • If they give a book a go and don’t like it, don’t insist they finish it.
  • Try to keep a smile on your face if they insist on reading the same book over and over. There’s comfort in familiarity and children with poor recall may find multiple readings helpful.
  • Encourage children to make pictures in their heads as they read to help with understanding. Chat about how you both picture the story, characters, setting and so on, and draw their attention to illustrations.
  • Graphic novels can engage reluctant readers but be aware that these may make reading harder for dyslexic children as text tends to be chopped up and written in block capitals. You may need to help with reading these if they are keen.
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