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Many schools band books by colour to help children choose the right books for their reading ability. For example, the simplest books are Band 1, which is pink, and the top level is Band 11, which is lime. Some schools and reading schemes also use higher bands from 12 (brown) to 15 (magenta).
Usborne books with book bands
Over 600 Usborne books have been assessed for book banding:
- Phonics Readers
- Very First Reading
- Fiction (choose a subcategory to filter by book band – only younger titles have book bands assigned)
Book band charts
Click on the links to download charts showing all the Usborne books with book bands. These charts also show National Curriculum levels for England and Wales.
- Usborne Phonics Readers
- Usborne Very First Reading
- Usborne Reading Programme
- Usborne Beginners
- Usborne fiction (7+)
- Usborne fiction (9+)
- Spreadsheet showing all Usborne titles with book bands assigned