HI/LO BOOKS FOR THE STRUGGLING READER
In general, teachers can find appropriate books for students K-3 who are struggling. However, once students reach 4th grade and beyond, and are still reading at the K-3 level, there are very few books that appeal to them because the content is too babyish. This is a list of book series call “High Interest, Low Vocabulary” books which give students a sense of accomplishment with either independent or instructional level reading. If you are going to use Hi/Lo books for adults, please check the content to make sure the main characters are actually adults (fiction).
Generally publishers will give you a Reading Level–which is the ability level for the student and an Interest Level–the age group that would be interested in the content and subject matter. Sometimes a publisher will just say “Recommended for Ages: 11-18+” It’s very important to find the right interest level; otherwise, you may have students who can’t relate to the content. I have used most of these series for adolescent or adult readers and have been very pleased with the material.
Follet Educational Series 1-800-621-4272 www.fes.follet.com
High Noon Books 1-800-422-7249 http://www.highnoonbooks.com/index-hnb.tpl?cart=13098333074846204
Start-to-Finish Library: Don Johnston 1-800-999-4660 http://www.donjohnston.com/products/start_to_finish/library/index.html
Capstone Divisions 1-800-747-4992 http://www.capstonepub.com/aspx/pcategory.aspx?EntityGUID=556d0edf-a05a-4fbc-9e36-3267aac320b5
Jamestown Education/Glencoe 1-800-344-7344 https://www.mheonline.com/discipline/narrow/6/22/925/
Saddleback Educational Publishing 1-800-647-8715 http://www.sdlback.com/
Wieser Educational: Resources for Struggling Learners 1-800-880-4433 http://www.wiesereducational.com/
Perfection Learning 1-800-831-4190 http://www.perfectionlearning.com/
Remedia Publications 1-800-826-4740 http://www.rempub.com/reading
HIP Books 1-877-562-6602 http://www.hip-books.com/about.php
Hameray Publishing Group 1-866-918-6173 http://www.hameraypublishing.com/home
Orca Book Publishers 1-800-210-5227 http://us.orcabook.com/client/client_pages/Orca_Soundings_Info.cfm