What are high-low books? They are books written with a high interest level yet a low readability level. In your content classes you will have students who have low readability levels, yet they would not be too interested in reading books focusing on young children or elementary content. For instance you would not want a 9th grade student reading on 5th grade level to read books in which the main characters are 5th graders. You would want materials that would appeal to the older student, yet be on levels that they could read comfortably at their independent reading levels.
Lists of High-Low Books
1999 Top Titles for Adult New Readers from the ALA
Award Winning Book Lists (We’ve compiled links to many book award sites.)
Boston Public Library booklists (a range of lists, and includes Spanish version): Teens
Children’s Literature Network: High Low Favorites 1Link to Award Winning Books
High-Low Books for Grades 6-12 from Cary Library
Locating Resources for the Reluctant Reader: Middle and High School
Notable Social Studies Trade Books (Look under the notable books for specific years. Reading level and interest levels are given.)
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children (Look at the lists for the reading levels.)
Database at Miami University
This site maintains a searchable database of over 5000 picture book abstracts. It is especially useful for teachers who are developing thematic units.
Publishers of High-Low Books
CompassLearning (esp. software)
Teacher Reference Books for Reluctant Readers
Data-base of Award Winning Children’s Literature: Searchable database of many award winning books.
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