Books & Quizzes Blog

Adoptive and Foster Families in Children’s Books

By Kerry McGuire

For this month’s booklist, we’ve selected a wide range of titles focusing on children in the care system and adoptive families. Our team think these titles have done a great job of handling what can be a sensitive topic.

Awesome Graphic Novels Celebrating Asian Characters and Creators

By Kerry McGuire

We’re really enjoying adding lots of graphic novels to Accelerated Reader this summer. Over the last two months, we’ve added 65 to our system! With their shorter sentence structure and stunning illustrations, graphic novels can be a great tool for encouraging reluctant or struggling readers to pick up a book. But their engaging stories are […]

10 Graphic Novels with LGBTQ+ Characters and Themes

By Kerry McGuire

With their shorter sentence structure and stunning illustrations, graphic novels are a great tool for encouraging reluctant or struggling readers to pick up a book. So for this month’s Accelerated Reader booklist, we’ve chosen ten great graphic novels with LGBTQ+ characters or themes. Happy quizzing!      The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill MY […]

15 Children’s Books Featuring Disabled Characters

By Kerry McGuire

For this month’s booklist, our team of Quiz Writers have picked 15 of their favourite titles featuring characters with physical disabilities or sensory impairments. Each of these titles has an Accelerated Reader quiz. Lower Years Proud to be Deaf: Discover my community and my language by Ava, Lilli and Nick Beese, illustrated by Romina Martí […]

What Kids are Reading Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards: The Winners!

By Ruth Atkinson

We’ve announced the winners of our What Kids Are Reading 2021 Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards! What Kids Are Reading is the largest annual study of the reading habits and trends of students across the UK and Ireland, using data from a variety of sources including Renaissance Accelerated Reader data. Accelerated Reader is a reading practice […]

10 Children’s Books Celebrating LGBTQ+ Families

By Kerry McGuire

In our latest Accelerated Reader booklist, our team of quiz writers have highlighted 10 children’s and young adult titles in which the main character has a family member from the LGBTQIA+ community. Check out the titles and their quiz information here! Lower Years Heather Has Two Mummies by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Laura Cornell Quiz […]

WKAR Quiz Writers’ Choice Award 2021 Shortlist

By Krista Culbertson

The shortlist for the What Kids Are Reading Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards is finally here! What Kids Are Reading is the largest annual study of the reading habits and trends of students across the UK and Ireland, using data from a variety of sources including Renaissance Accelerated Reader data. Accelerated Reader is a reading practice […]

What Kids are Reading Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards Longlist

By Lee Burkwood

What Kids Are Reading is the largest annual study of the reading habits and trends of students across the UK and Ireland, using data from a variety of sources including Renaissance Accelerated Reader data. Accelerated Reader is a reading practice programme allowing students to take comprehension quizzes on books they’ve read. Last year, we added […]

10 Brilliant Books Featuring Autistic Characters

By Kerry McGuire

Happy World Autism Awareness Week! Take a look at 10 children’s books featuring autistic characters, along with their Accelerated Reader quiz information. Lower Years A Friend For Henry by Jenn Bailey Quiz # 240000 | BL 2.4 | Chronicle Books Henry would like to find a friend at school, but finds making friends difficult. His efforts […]

Quiz Writers’ Highlights from 2020

By Lee Burkwood

As 2020 draws to a close, we asked the quiz writers to choose some of their favourite books they’ve quizzed this year!

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