Books & Quizzes Blog

What Makes a Book “Non-Quizzable” for AR?

By Kerry McGuire

Reading Practice quizzes are at the heart of Accelerated Reader. It is important to us that they are fun to take, and that students are motivated by seeing their success when they pass a quiz. It is vital to the integrity of the product that we produce high-quality quizzes that truly test a pupil’s reading […]

Some of the Content Team’s Favourite Fiction of 2023

By Lisa Heller

With this first blog of 2024, we want to look back at some of our quiz writers’ favourite fiction titles of 2023. We added 1,300 new titles to Accelerated Reader last year, and below you can read up on some of our top picks. The titles are as different as our quiz writers are and […]

Non-Fiction November: The Content Team’s Favourite Non-Fiction Titles of 2023

By Lucy McGraw

To celebrate Non-Fiction November, the Content Team has compiled a list of some of our favourite non-fiction titles we’ve read in 2023. Throughout the year, the team has enjoyed reading and quizzing 269 non-fiction books covering topics from healthy eating to footballers to peculiar plants to life in the ancient Aztec age. We’ve loved reading […]

Shedding light on High Interest/Low Level titles on AR

By Lisa Heller

This month the Content Team wants to shed light on some of the High Interest/Low Level (Hi/Lo) series we’ve been quizzing. Sometimes it can be hard to find books for readers whose interests and reading levels don’t align. This is where the Hi/Lo titles come into play. These titles contain age appropriate content and topics, […]

10 Scarily Fun Books for “Spooky Season”

By Lucy McGraw

With “Spooky Season” right around the corner, the Content team has put together a list that includes a diverse selection of ten of our favourite spooky titles. Whether they prefer tales of ghosts, zombies, brujos or brujas, the following books are perfect for readers of all levels who want to get into the Halloween spirit! […]

Mythological stories with DEI characters

By Lisa Heller

For this month’s blog post, the team has decided to focus on some books that are inspired by mythology and folklore.    While some mythology and folklore is well known, there are so many others that aren’t. We want to highlight those diverse tales and bring them to the readers.  All the titles mentioned are […]

If You Liked This, Try This DEI Option: BookTok Edition

By Lucy McGraw

This month, the content team has selected some of our favourite titles that fans of BookTok’s most popular books will love. As the content team focuses on highlighting DEI authors and titles wherever possible, this month’s book list features titles by authors of colour that are perfect for even the most prolific BookTok readers. Check […]

Celebrating Pride with Newcomer LGBTQ+ Authors

By Lucy McGraw

In honour of Pride Month, the content team has selected several titles that we have enjoyed by newcomer LGBTQ+ authors whose debut books have been published between 2020 and 2022. This list includes some of those debuts as well as some follow-up titles. We’ve loved getting to know the characters in these stories, following their […]

Children’s Books about Self-Love

By Lisa Heller

This month our team has chosen to shine a light on some books that teach children about self-love.  In a time where judgement and bullying are omnipresent, it is more important than ever to teach children about self-love and self-acceptance. Everyone is special in their own way, and the sooner children learn this, the sooner […]

7 Great Children’s Books About the Roma and Traveller Communities

By Lucy McGraw

To bring more awareness of and representation to the Roma and Traveller communities, the Content Team has put together a list of some great books written by and featuring characters from these communities.  According to a recent study, people from the Roma and Traveller communities often suffer from social barriers. As Sarah Mann, the director […]

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