By the time a struggling reader reaches middle school, the student has likely fallen substantially behind his reading peers in vocabulary and concept development simply because s/he has not been interested in reading for pleasure.  In fact, pleasure reading is likely an oxymoron!  One way to get students to begin to read for pleasure is to find books at their interest range AND readability level.  Publishers call these books hi-lo books (high interest- low readability).

Given the crisis in reading in the nation, more and more publishers are increasing their range of hi-lo books downward to 2.0 and even 1.8 (in the past, most books in this category fell between 3.0 and 4.5).

In the past two years, I have tried to accumulate more hi-lo books so that you can keep your students in middle school and and high school reading for pleasure:

  • Hi-lo fiction books – Descriptions of 10 different book series including science fiction, mysteries, and real-life dilemmas.
  • Hi-lo nonfiction books – Descriptions of different themes and series such as sports books, cool careers, and trade explorers.

Or type hi lo books into Google and behold the sites!  If there is a title you would like to try, let me know and I will consider buying multiple copies to add to my library. For example, I recently purchased some hi-lo books that are based on World War II.  I am also willing to buy more copies of a title you would like to try with your group.

Also, don’t forget that many other nonfiction books in the third grade readability range and higher are suitable for students at all grades.  I have multiple copies of many engaging titles through level Z along with their lesson plans.  I look forward to getting your requests!

Can struggling readers learn to read for pleasure?