Books & Quizzes Blog

International Women’s Day 2018

By Kerry McGuire, Editorial Assistant

With International Women’s Day coming up this Thursday the 8th of March, we thought it was time to highlight a selection of books with Accelerated Reader quizzes, written by females and (most importantly) about females. You’ll find below a mixture of new publications as well as some older favourites. You’re probably aware that the theme […]

The 2018 Quiz Writers’ Choice Award winners revealed!

By Krista Culbertson, Assistant Editor

2018’s What Kids Are Reading event was a smashing success. We celebrated 10 years of our What Kids Are Reading report, which looks at the reading habits of school children. Also at the event, the two winners of the Quiz Writers’ Choice Award were announced. We had two astounding and very different winners this year. […]

WKAR Quiz Writers’ Award nominees for 2018!

By Krista Culbertson, Assistant Editor

Each year, the What Kids Are Reading report shows us the book-reading habits of students across the United Kingdom. We can see which books are most popular in every year group, and which are the most highly rated by students. Sometimes, though, the most exciting new books don’t reach the top of the list in […]

KS2: Years 3 and 4 Non-fiction

By Kerry McGuire, Editorial Assistant

Happy New Year from the Content team! We are kicking off 2018 with the second non-fiction blog. This time we wish to highlight a selection of recently-quizzed books relevant to Year 3 and 4 pupils, based on Key Stage 2 topics from the National Curriculum. You can find these, along with all other books we […]

New AR Christmas quizzes have arrived!

By Krista Culbertson, Assistant Editor

‘Tis the season for cosy jumpers, hot drinks, and best of all: new Christmas books! New Christmas books means new AR quizzes on more Christmas and winter-inspired books! Dozens of new quizzes have arrived in the last few weeks, and more are being added this month. With so many great books to choose from, the […]

BookTrust’s Great Books Guide 2017

By Lee Burkwood,

We in the Content team have been enjoying quizzing many books featured on the BookTrust’s Great Books Guide. So far, over 20 books from this year’s guide have been quizzed – with more to come. The BookTrust chose titles they believe will “make children laugh and cry” as well as “inform and hopefully inspire and […]

The Content team share their chosen Halloween reads

By Krista Culbertson, Assistant Editor

  It’s officially Halloween season – a favourite time of the year here in the Content department. We’re busy creating quizzes on some fantastic spooky-themed books for students. But there are hundreds of spine-chilling tales with quizzes already available on AR. With so many books to choose from, we’ve picked some of our personal favourites. […]

Non-fiction AR quizzes are important too!

By Kerry McGuire, Editorial Assistant

Welcome to the first curriculum based non-fiction blog! I am sure that when you check your students’ Accelerated Reader quiz results, you notice that the number of fiction quizzes taken greatly outweighs the non-fiction. Here at Renaissance, we would like to address this imbalance. Quizzing non-fiction can be a fun way for students to revise […]

Bookbuzz 2017

By Krista Culbertson, Assistant Editor

It’s that back-to-school time of the year, which means Bookbuzz books have arrived! There’s a great variety of fiction and non-fiction books available this year at a range of book levels. Of the seventeen books going out to schools, fifteen have AR quizzes available. Two of this year’s Bookbuzz books were deemed non-quizzable. If you’re […]

Lauren Child named Children’s Laureate for 2017-2019

By Krista Culbertson, Assistant Editor

Congratulations to Lauren Child, who has been named 10th Waterstone’s Children Laureate. The popular writer and illustrator takes over the role from Chris Riddell, and will act as laureate from 2017 to 2019. Child’s name should be a familiar one to many. The English author has written some of the most successful children’s series. She […]

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