Accelerated Reader

PrintAccelerated Reader is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice while promoting reading for pleasure.   More here.

“The school was busy last autumn incorporating Accelerated Reader into the Library and English department. It is going really well. Reading figures have trebled in one term and you will be pleased to know that you are top of the favourite author and titles lists. ” Northwood Prep School

reflections on readingI contributed my Reflections on Reading to the recent Accelerated Readers report for “What Kids Are Reading”.

“A number of your Barrington Stoke books are within our Accelerated Reader library.  They are enjoyed by pupils past and present as they engage the reader in a  high interest, low level reading book.”  St Edward’s


Books quizzed on the Accelerate Reader scheme…

Roy of the Rovers, published by Rebellion:

Title AR Quiz Number Interest Level Book Level
Scouted 237762 Middle Years 4.2

History books published by Barrington Stoke:

Title AR Quiz Number Interest Level Book Level
D-Day Dog 236618 Middle Years 4.2
After the War 238677 Middle Years 4.0
Armistice Runner 234312 Middle Years 3.0
Over the Line 226344 Middle Years 4.3
Wings:Flyboy 230821 Middle Years 4.2
Wings:Spitfire 230644 Middle Years 4.2
Wings:Typhoon 232129 Middle Years 4.0
Defenders:Killing Ground 233129 Middle Years 4.0
Defenders:Dark Arena 233257 Middle Years 4.2
Defenders:Pitch Invasion 233130 Middle Years 3.9

Sports books published by Barrington Stoke:

Title AR Quiz Number Interest Level Book Level
Secret FC 226344 Middle Years 3.6
Scrum! 221002 Middle Years 3.2
Ghost Stadium 226344 Middle Years 3.6
Rugby Academy Combat Zone 227648 Middle Years 3.9
Rugby Academy Surface to Air 228259 Middle Years 3.9
Rugby Academy Deadlocked 228832 Middle Years 4.1

Football books published by Puffin

Title AR Quiz Number Interest Level Book Level
Football Academy 1 Boys United 217196 Middle Years 3.4
Football Academy 2 Striking Out 217205 Middle Years 3.3
Football Academy 3 The Real Thing 217208 Middle Years 3.7
Football Academy 4 Reading The Game 217204 Middle Years 3.5
Football Academy 5 Free Kick 217199 Middle Years 3.6
Football Academy 6 Captain Fantastic 218408 Middle Years 3.4
Foul Play 213692 Middle Years 3.7
Foul Play 2 Dead Ball 217197 Middle Years 3.6
Foul Play 3 Offside 218418 Middle Years 3.6
Foul Play 4 Killer Pass 218836 Middle Years 3.7
Foul Play 5 Own Goal 219860 Middle Years 4.0
The Squad Black Op 222026 Middle Years 4.9
The Squad White Fear 223118 Middle Years 4.4

Non-Fiction Sports books by Franklin Watts

Title AR Quiz Number Interest Level Book Level
Football 215733 Middle Years 4.3
Formula 1 221664 Middle Years 4.4

Lower years books

Title AR Quiz Number Interest Level Book Level
The Penalty 224951 Middle Years 2.4
Real Cricket 228683 Middle Years 2.8
The Secret Football Club 218423 Lower Years 3.8
Shaking Hands with Michael Rooney 220983 Lower Years 3.5

Interest Level: Age Appropriateness:
Lower Years (LY) Ages 5 to 8
Middle Years (MY) Ages 9 to 13
Upper Years (UY) Ages 14+


“My role with in the school is to promote reading and to work with the Accelerated Reader programme to guide students to selecting book.  This term we have purchased 6 class sets of your books from your web site. They are great for reluctant readers and especially boys. I am sure I will be in contact with you through out the term. Yesterdays success was reading with a group of reluctant year 8 boys and having them asking passionately to be allowed to borrow and read your books at home. What joy and that was after just three chapters read as a class reader.” Cantell School

Notes From “Getting Results with Accelerated Reader”

“Book Level represents the difficulty of the text. It is determined by a readability formula called ATOS, which analyses the average length of the sentences in the book, the average length of the words, and the average year level of the words.

Interest Level is based on content – a book’s themes and ideas – and indicates for which age group a book is appropriate. In many cases, a book’s interest level coordinates with its book level. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle for example, which is suitable for lower-years, has a book level of 2.9. Many books however, have a low book level but are appropriate for higher years and vice versa. For example, Peter Lancett’s The Dark Glass has a book level of 2.4 because the sentences are short and the vocabulary is simple. The interest level, however, is UY or Upper Years due to the more ‘adult’ themes dealt with by the story. Daisy Meadow’s Ally, The Dolphin Fairy, with an interest level of LY or Lower Years, has a book level of 5.3 because it contains fairly long words and sentences.

Points are assigned to each book based on its length and difficulty. For example, Tony Bradman’s Aladdin and the Fabulous Genie is about 3,461 words long, and is a 1-point book. Bad Dreams, by Anne Fine, is about 22,843 words long, and is a 3-point book. Avalon High, by Meg Cabot, about 65,913 words long, is a 10-point book. The formula for calculating points is: AR points = [(10 + book level)/10] x (words in book/10,000). As you work with AR, you will notice that some popular books have more points assigned to them than some classic pieces of literature. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, for example, is a 44 point book while Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a 4-point book. Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean we think Harry Potter is a better book or more worthwhile to read than Macbeth. Points only tell you that Harry Potter is much longer than Shakespeare’s masterpiece play ”

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