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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 […]

Researching learning loss: findings from the second stage

To understand the impact of the pandemic on pupils’ education outcomes, the effective use of robust and reliable assessment data is vital. We’re proud of the key role Renaissance data has played in researching learning loss as a result of COVID-19, alongside the Education Policy Institute and the Department for Education (DfE).

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

By Ruth Atkinson

Find out who the winners of our 2021 Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards 2021 are!

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 […]

What Kids Are Reading 2021 – The Summary

By Ruth Atkinson

Did you know that 2021 marks the 13th year of our What Kids Are Reading report? The report is the largest annual study of the reading habits and trends of students across the UK and Ireland – and it keeps getting bigger. This year, we looked at 1,146,353 pupils (that’s 1% more than last year) […]

What Kids are Reading Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards: The Shortlist

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 […]

Year 7 Transition: Making a Reader – Guest Post

In this guest post, school librarian Roshan Hunt discusses the transition from primary to secondary school. In addition to new routines like reliably packing a school bag and perhaps travelling independently to school, there is also an increased emphasis on academic results. But what happens to the focus on reading around that time?

What Kids are Reading Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards: The 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 […]

Is reading the key to COVID catch up? – Guest Blog

Kelly Buxton, Reading Lead & Year 6 Teacher There is so much negativity surrounding the return to classrooms this week, that we risk it becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. Educators anxiously await the terrors resulting from children that have been sat around, their learning wasted and catch-up schemes touted as the only remedy. I would argue […]


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