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Accelerated Reader - Lower Years

Widely used in schools, Accelerated Reader (see readforpleasure.co.uk) is a collection of books which have been assigned lexical age-ranging using the ATOS for Books measure, and had quizzes created to that students can demonstrate their reading ability and comprehension.

Books that are too easy for children don't give them the challenge they need to make progress. Books that are too complex frustrate them.

Accelerated Reader uses the computer-adaptive STAR Reading test to determine a student's reading age. Teachers get a wealth of feedback, and students are guided towards appropriate books. AR uses either the ATOS or Lexile® measures of text complexity to help children to select books of an appropriate level. This is their 'Zone of Proximal Development' (ZPD).

As children make progress with their reading skills, their ZPD broadens to encompass a wider range of literature.

The titles below have been quizzed for use in the Accelerated Reader programme, widely used in schools, and are considered appropriate to Lower Years readers. Select a range below to see titles deemed appropriate for other age levels

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The Leprechaun Who Wished He Wasn't
Written by Siobhán Parkinson, Illustrated by Donald Teskey
Let's See Ireland!
Written by and Illustrated by Sarah Bowie
The Little Black Sheep

Panda 6

Written by and Illustrated by Elizabeth Shaw
The Little Witch Who Can't Spell
Written by and Illustrated by Marie Burlington
The Lost Fairy
Written by Marian Broderick, Illustrated by Aileen Caffrey
The Lough Neagh Monster
Written by Sam McBratney, Illustrated by Donald Teskey
Mad Grandad and the Flying Saucer
Written by and By (artist) Oisín McGann
Mad Grandad's Doppelganger
Written by and Illustrated by Oisín McGann
Marco Moves In
Written by Gerry Boland, Illustrated by Áine McGuinness
Marco: Moonwalker
Written by Gerry Boland, Illustrated by Áine McGuinness