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Two Hi/Low series from Axis Education quizzed for AR

We have recently released reading practice quizzes on two series of Hi/Lo books from Axis Education. These books are carefully written for students with low reading ages, but have plot lines that will appeal to older readers. By using culturally relevant settings and situations, the books are an engaging take on daily life for students and young adults. We asked some members of our quiz editing team to give their thoughts on the series.

New international literature from Peirene Press quizzed for Accelerated Reader

As well as supporting reluctant and struggling readers, Renaissance Learning is always on the lookout for new books to engage the gifted and talented readers in schools. Three recently approved quizzes from Peirene Press fall into this category.

Happy Birthday, Royal Baby!

This time last year we celebrated the arrival of Prince George of Cambridge, third in line to the throne. To mark the occasion, we blogged about our newly-released quiz on Martha Mumford’s picture book Shh! Don’t Wake the Royal Baby! On Prince George’s first birthday, then, it is only fitting that we highlight Mumford’s follow-up title Happy Birthday, Royal Baby!

Kevin Brooks and Jon Klassen win at CILIP CKG Awards

Kevin Brooks and Jon Klassen have been awarded the 2014 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals.

Most popular CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway shortlisted books

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals will be awarded next week at a ceremony in central London. Excitement is building; in the meantime we can only speculate about who might win the prestigious awards. We can’t tell you who’s going to win the awards, but we can give an insight into which books have been the most popular with students.

Jamila Gavin

Jamila Gavin is the Whitbread Award-winning author of Coram Boy, among other well-known titles. Jamila was born in India and spent part of her childhood there, before moving to the UK. Many of her books are influenced by her experiences growing up, and her popular Grandpa Chatterji series is often used in classrooms as texts […]

Tom Palmer

Tom Palmer is the author of several series of books with football as a dominant theme. His stories combine other genres, like action-adventure and espionage – with sport to make for compelling reading. Following the success of the National Literacy Trust’s World Cup Toolkit in 2010, Tom is again working with the NLT in 2014 […]

Dan Freedman

Dan Freedman is the author of the bestselling Jamie Johnson series of children’s football novels.Having previously worked as a writer for the England football team, school children are immediately hooked by Dan’s experiences in the game, meaning he is a completely unique position to encourage them to achieve their dreams by increasing their literacy standards. […]

Bookbuzz 2014

Over 200,000 students in approximately 1500 schools will be receiving books as part of the Bookbuzz scheme this autumn. Run by Booktrust, Bookbuzz aims to get great books into the hands of Year 7 students. Each participating student will receive one of a shortlist of books as well as a bookmark, while each school will […]

Julia Jarman

Born talking – almost! – Julia was often in trouble for ‘telling stories’. After a degree in English and Drama at Manchester University she taught in secondary schools and started writing when her own children urged her to ‘write about kids like us.’ Her Time-Travelling Cat series dramatises history and helps teachers deliver the curriculum. […]


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