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Where To Find High Interest, Low Level Reading Books (Hi/Lo Readers)Recently I wrote a blog post called 10 Items Every Special Educator Should Have In Their Classroom. One of the items was Hi-Lo Readers. I heard that many readers were curious as to what Hi-Lo Readers I use with my students.
What Is A Hi-Lo Reader?First Let me explain what a Hi-Lo Reader is. It can be challenging to find a book that will appeal to 4th grader who reads at a 1st grade level. Often, the books at his reading level appear “babyish” to him. With Hi-Lo books he has the advantage of choosing books that “look” like chapter books and are about interesting topics but are of easy readability.
Where To Find Hi-Lo BooksHere are some websites, books, authors, and publishers that I find helpful for some of my reluctant or struggling readers:
1. New Start Suspense Series by Patricia Birtwistle (Patnor publishing)My students love this series featuring The Swamp, The Old House, What a Day, The Junkyard, The Trip, and At the Mall. They are suspenseful dramas following a group of students who get themselves in potentially dangerous situations. Both boys and girls seem to really enjoy these stories. The great part for me is that they came with a worksheet per chapter of each book for the students to complete to show their understanding. The worksheets have 5 word study multiple choice questions, yes or no comprehension questions, fill in the blank, character study, and a prediction question.
2. Perfection Learning CorporationThis company has a great selection of books for my students written by M.J. Cosson. They are referred to as cover-to-cover books. There are different types of series to engage all different readers and their interests! A few of my favorite:
- A Kooties Club Mystery (Because who doesn’t love a good mystery?)
- Time Travel Adventures (Nonfiction books featuring biographies of famous people)
- Books written by Sorenson – A lot of her stories feature sports