In the mid-1980s, educator Judi Paul created a program to help motivate her four children to read over the summer months. Word of her program’s success soon spread—and Accelerated Reader was born.

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To celebrate thirty-five years of Accelerated Reader, we’ve put together a helpful guide that covers the A, B, Cs of our most celebrated reading program that’s loved by over 7,500 schools across the UK and Ireland.

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The Accelerated Reader story:

Take a look back at the program’s history, starting with this early 1990s video in which Judi herself tells the Accelerated Reader story.