One way to get struggling readers 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).  I own all of the following titles and you are welcome to borrow them for your students.


Cool Cutting Edge Careers series:

  • Architect
  • Animator
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Auto Technician
  • Video Game Developer
  • Marine Biologist

Sports books:

  • Good Sport: Games, Sports and Festivals
  • NFL: Record Breakers
  • NFL: The Road to the NFL
  • The Mannings: Football’s Famous Family (6 copies)
  • LeBron James: King of the Court (basketball, 6 copies)
  • Rock Climbing: Making it to the Top (6 copies)
  • To the Top! Climbing the World’s Highest Mountain
  • Tony Hawk’s 900 Revolution: Drop In (skateboarding, 6 copies)
  • X Sports: Raft (5 copies)
  • The Fastest Runner
  • Playing for Keeps (soccer, 6 copies)
  • Secrets of Martial Arts Masters (7 copies)

Graphic Battles of the Civil War series:

  • The Battle of First Bull Run: The Civil War Begins
  • The Battle of the Wildnerness: Deadly Inferno
  • The Battle of Gettysburg: Spilled Blood on Sacred Ground
  • The Monitor versus The Merrimac: Ironclads at War
  • The Battle of Antietam: The Bloodiest Day of Battle
  • The Battle of Shiloh: Surprise Attack!

The Mountain Men series:

  • Jed Smith: California the Hard Way
  • John Colter: The First Mountain Man
  • Abe Moss: A Winter in the Rockies
  • Joe Meek Becomes a Mountain Man
  • Jim Bridger: The Last Mountain Man

Trade Route Explorers series (5 copies each):

  • Ferdinand Magellan
  • Leif Eriksson and the Vikings
  • Marco Polo
  • Vasco de Gama
  • Captain Cook


Hi-Lo Nonfiction Books