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Helping Teachers Connect Students to Meaningful Reading Experiences

Categories: Audiobook Library, Authors for Access, Books, Authors, & Movies, Curriculum & Access, Education & Teaching

by Kristin Longmuir, Learning Ally's Content Acquisition Specialist  

Did you know that Learning Ally has wonderful human-narrated audiobooks for both close and independent reading instruction, making stories come to life for students who struggle to read? 

When you give children and teens the time and the text to help them connect with reading materials that are meaningful to them, magic happens! Students develop stronger reading skills, are more actively involved in learning, and they are excited to share what they know in your classroom. 

Each month, we will feature books, by grade and lexile level, to support teachers' efforts to quickly find and assign appropriate titles for close and independent reading goals.

Share your comments on this blog to let us know what topics you are interested in. 

What is close reading? Close reading is when readings are repeated and discussions focus on the text in order to increase comprehension. Close reading focuses on three interpretative goals: -- what the text says, -- how the text says it, and -- what the text means.

Independent reading enables students to choose their own reading material for their independent consumption. Providing time for reading enjoyment will increase reading engagement, build stronger reading skills and foster a love of reading in your students. Here are suggested titles:

Close Reading Titles

Grades K-3

Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story From Afghanistan

Jeanette Winter / Lexile Level: AD630L / Shelf Number: JX053




Harvesting Hope: The Story Of Cesar Chavez

Kathleen Krull / Lexile Level: AD800L / Shelf Number: JK724




Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story From China

Ed Young / Lexile Level: 670L / Shelf Number: JS165





Grades 4-8

Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths

Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire / Lexile Level: 1070L / Shelf Number: GW189







Alan Gratz /Lexile Level: 800L / Shelf Number: NA153






Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl

Anne Frank / Lexile Level: 1080L / Shelf Number: KD437






Grades 9-12

To Kill A Mockingbird

Harper Lee / Lexile Level: 870L / Shelf Number KM769






Of Mice And Men

John Steinbeck / Lexile Level: 630L / Shelf Number: KM755






Unbroken: A World War II Story Of Survival Resilience And Redemption

Lauren Hillenbrand / Lexile Level: 1010L / Shelf Number GS434






Independent Reading Titles

Grades K-3


Step Right Up : How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness

Donna Janell Bowman / Lexile Level: 910L / Shelf Number: NA662





Journey Through Ash And Smoke

Kate Messner / Lexile Level: 730L / Shelf Number: NA748






We’re All Wonders

R.J. Palacio / Lexile Level: 370L / Shelf Number NA134





Grades 4-8


Grandpa’s Great Escape

David Walliams / Lexile Level: 760L / Shelf Number: NA628






The Seventh Wish

Kate Messner / Lexile Level: 720L / Shelf Number NA592






I Survived The American Revolution 1776

Lauren Tarshis / Lexile Level: 660L / Shelf Number NA293 





Grades 9-12


Turtles All The Way Down

John Green / Lexile Level: 840L / Shelf Number NA448






Longbow Girl

Linda Davies / Lexile Level: 700 / Shelf Number NA700






All The Right Places

Jennifer Nielsen / Lexile Level: 830L / Shelf Number KW445






Learning Ally is a leading nonprofit edtech organization delivering a comprehensive learning solution for struggling readers in elementary, middle and high schools. Our proven solution includes an extensive library of human-read audiobooks that students want and need to read, along with a suite of teacher-focused resources that ensure student success. Schedule a quick demo to learn how your school or district can transform more struggling readers into grade-level achievers. 800-221-1098 

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