Books & Quizzes Blog

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 […]

We’ve now quizzed 30,000 books on Accelerated Reader!

We are always growing the number of quizzes available to customers on an ever-expanding variety of titles. These 30,000 books quizzed for Renaissance Accelerated Reader™ cover both fiction and non-fiction titles in each of our four interest levels (Lower Years, Middle Years, Middle Years+ and Upper Years). They range from the early picture books such as Fusspot Bill to classics like War and Peace, which is still the longest book on AR.

Carnegie Medal shortlist 2017

By Krista Culbertson, Assistant Editor

In 2017, the CILIP Carnegie Medal is celebrating its 80th year of recognising outstanding children’s fiction. This year’s shortlist, all of which have now been quizzed for Renaissance Accelerated Reader, brings a wide range of stories to young readers – from the funny and fantastical to difficult stories that will challenge readers. This year’s winner will be announced on Monday 19 June.

Introducing Middle Years+

By Cecelia Powell, Managing Editor

The Content team is thrilled to introduce a new feature to better inform teachers and librarians using Renaissance Accelerated Reader as to whether a book is suitable for a particular reader. So, henceforward there will be a fourth Interest Level listing, which will slot in between Middle Years and Upper Years, and will be known as Middle Years+, age 12 and above.

Quiz Release Update

By Sophie Walters, Editor

Good news! Software maintenance is now complete, and quizzes from the last 6 weeks have been released. You can now search for these on AR BookFinder. An up-to-date quiz list will be available the first week of October. Happy quizzing!

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