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Accelerated Reader™

Accelerated Reader is a system used in increasing numbers of schools in the UK and around the world to promote children’s reading skills and enjoyment. 

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How does it work? 

Children are assessed to determine their reading ability, and can then choose from a range of recommended titles at their reading level. Once they have finished a book, they complete a simple quiz to check that they have read and understood it, and then are given a further list of recommended titles to choose from.

What are the benefits?

Children can build their reading skills and stamina, and are not put off by books that are too basic or too demanding for them. They also have fun completing quizzes and earning points along the way towards individual or class targets. Struggling readers are well supported, and high achievers are encouraged to read books that really engage and challenge them. Teachers can track children’s progress book by book, and tailor recommendations to a child’s individual needs. Above all, children are highly motivated and inspired by successful reading.

Usborne books with Accelerated Reader quizzes

Accelerated Reader quizzes are available for over 400 Usborne Beginners, Reading Programme, Fiction titles, True Stories and Classics Retold, covering a wide range of subjects and levels, and more titles are being added all the time.

Choosing the right book

To help you choose a book that's suited to your child's reading level, Usborne support a number of reading level systems. For more information visit Usborne reading levels.

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