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Book banding

Books for children can be graded in complexity by reading levels known as book bands. Book banding enables schools to use these books at the appropriate level to help children learn to read, then go on to develop and practise their reading skills. Books can be graded from lilac to dark red, a colour standardisation which has been adopted by many publishers and allows teachers to measure children's reading progress across a wide range of materials. Books also banded black are books which provide stretch and challenge for your gifted and talented readers at a given level.

Browse book banded titles by book band level, age range or school year below, or visit the reading schemes page for more information about the major schemes and series currently available.​

Download our free Book bands: Progressive learning to read poster (PDF), linking book bands to school year and phonics phases.

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