Targeting Reluctant Readers

One of the key benefits of the Lexile Framework for Reading is that it can be used to target reluctant readers.  What exactly is a reluctant reader?  One resource defines a reluctant reader as:

There are several different types according to the experts.  They include: children who are intelligent and interested in reading, but don’t read well; children who seem to have no interest and, as a result of not reading regularly, are falling, or at risk of falling, behind; and children who are dealing with specific learning problems that impede their ability, and willingness, to read.  Then, there is the most frustrating type of all: the child who reads well but has little interest in doing so.

One of our partners, Orca Book Publishers , has developed a series, Orca Soundings , which is a series of teen fiction specifically targeted to reluctant readers.  Orca describes the Sounding series as:

…the Orca Soundings for reluctant teen readers are books that teens want to read…Key features include:

Short, high-interet novels, contemporary stories, compelling characters, linear plots, ideal for lit circles, and ideal for independent reading.

It’s worth noting that Orca recently had three of their titles selected for the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Quick Picks List for Reluctant Young Adult Readers : Jacked (HL 580L) by Carrie Mac, Taken (HL 690L) by Norah McClintock, and Five Minutes More (HL 570L) by Darlene Ryan.  If you’re interested in matching your struggling or reluctant reader to books that will get them reading, you may want to give the list a look.

And don’t forget to check out our own Lexile Find a Book site as a way to match struggling readers to books that match both their interest and their reading level.

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