How Students Find Ideas for Books and Articles to Read in Accelerated Reader

Book and Article Ideas

On the Reading tab, students will see "Top Book Ideas for You", "Top Article Ideas For You", Nonfiction Book Ideas, and Award-Winning Book Ideas. Students will see a series of book or article covers below each heading (as shown below).

Accelerated Reader suggests books and articles for students based on:

Books that are in your library are marked with the (in school library) icon if you have imported MARC records.

Students can select one of the book (or article) covers to see more information, including the title, author, book level, fiction/nonfiction classification, quiz number, points, whether Recorded Voice is available (shown with ), whether the book is in the school library collection, and a description. The information can help students decide whether they would like to read one of these books or articles next.

Students can also start a quiz.

If the administrator makes some books or articles unavailable to students, those quizzes will not show up for students in book ideas. It may take up to 5 minutes for books or articles you have hidden to be hidden for students.

Searching for Books or Articles to Read

Students can also search for books or articles to read by book level, points, or interest level.

First, the student selects Filter Search next to the Search button.

Students can choose to use more than one of the search filters: for example, students could search for books or articles with a middle grade interest level and with ATOS book levels from 4.0 to 8.0.

To search by book level, the student selects either ATOS Book Level or Lexile using the switch. Then, the student enters the minimum and maximum book level to search for. (If the student is searching for Lexile® Measures, note that the value "BR" is not supported.) A book level search can be helpful for students who are looking for books or articles in their Zone of Proximal Development or Lexile® Range or for students who are working toward an average book level goal.

To search by interest level, the student checks the boxes for the interest levels of books that the student would like to find.

Lower Grades (LG) books are most appropriate for students in grades K-3. Middle Grades (MG) books are most appropriate for students in grades 4-8. Middle Grades Plus (MG+) books are most appropriate for grades 6 and up. Upper Grades (UG) books are most appropriate for grades 9-12.

Some preferences affect the default choices in student filters. ATOS is the default book level type unless the class Lexile® Goals preference has Lexile® Measures selected. If you set up interest level restrictions for your students, the filters will default to the interest levels that you have allowed. Students can still select the book level type and interest levels that are not selected by default. However, if students attempt to take a quiz on books with other interest levels, they may not be allowed to do so unless a monitor password override is allowed.

To search by points value, the student types the points value of books to search for. Only books worth that number of points will be found. In the example below, the student is searching for books worth a possible 5 points (depending on the student's score). Very short books may be worth 0.5 points; for books worth 1 point or above, enter whole numbers, not decimals, to find books and articles. (All articles are worth 1 point.)

A points search can be helpful for students who are working toward points goals.

The student selects Search to look for books that match the book levels, interest levels, or points entered. The matching quizzes will be listed. The student can make changes and select Search again as needed.

To clear any book levels, interest levels, or points that the student has entered or chosen, the student selects Clear Filters.

To close (hide) the filters, the student selects Close.

Any filters that the student has chosen remain in effect until the student clears them (or until the student selects Reading again at the top of the page).

Finding Articles by Topic

Students can also find articles to read by topic category. The student selects one of the article categories at the top of the page. If the student sees an article in that category that he or she would like to read, the student selects Read & Take Quiz.