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Reading A-Z

What materials are available on Reading A-Z?
Do you offer books that cover the same content across multiple levels?
What are Projectable Books?
Are your materials research based?
Is there a white paper available for your materials?
Has an efficacy study been performed for your materials?
How do your materials align with No Child Left Behind?
Do your materials align with state and national standards?
How are the Guided Readers leveled?
How do your materials correlate with other leveling systems?
Are the Decodable Books leveled?
How do your materials differ from Raz-Kids?
Are your materials available in any language other than English?
Why do the level aa books have periods without full sentences?
How do I assemble the books?
Do you offer full-color books?
Do you offer assessment materials?
What is a Running Record form?
How often are new materials made available?
Do you have a search feature that allows me to locate books with a similar genre or skill type?
What if I just want to sample the materials before purchasing?


What materials are available on Reading A-Z?

Reading A-Z offers thousands of professionally developed downloadable books (including English, Spanish, and French versions) and quality teaching and learning materials. Reading A-Z is designed to provide supplementary materials from early emergent through fluency. In addition to the K-6 market, Reading A-Z materials have found widespread use at a range of grade levels in special education and special needs, remedial reading, ESL and ELL, and foreign language.

Categories of materials available by Reading A-Z include: Guided Reading, Phonics, Vocabulary, Fluency, Poetry, Alphabet, Assessments and more.

Do you offer books that cover the same content across multiple levels?

Yes. We offer Multilevel Books in sets of three leveled readers that share the same title and content, but have different readability levels. Each leveled reader in a Multilevel set includes the resources we currently offer with our other leveled readers, but the comprehension skill and reading state for each of the three leveled readers match so teachers can combine whole-class instruction with differentiation in one lesson.

What are Projectable Books?

Projectable Books are Reading A-Z's leveled readers offered in a format that allows for easier use with digital projectors and interactive white boards. Highlighting, pen, and stamp tools provide an interactive environment even without an interactive white board. Use our Projectable Book Tips to combine technology with your instruction in our guided reading lessons.

Are your materials research based?

Reading A-Z materials incorporate the best practices based on current education research. For more information, please visit the research section of Reading A-Z.

Is there a white paper available for your materials?

Yes. Please visit either the Teacher Corner or research section of Reading A-Z for a copy.

Has an efficacy study been performed for your materials?

Efficacy studies on Reading A-Z materials are currently running in classrooms from the East Coast, Midwest, Southeast, and Southwest. Details of the studies and final results will be available in Fall 2007.

How do your materials align with No Child Left Behind?

Reading A-Z materials are designed to meet and assess varying student needs and abilities, as well as to support the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) initiative. Reading A-Z materials that support NCLB are listed below:

  • Leveled readers, lessons plans, and worksheets: Comprehension and Vocabulary
  • High-frequency word books (English, Spanish, and French versions): Vocabulary and Fluency
  • Read-aloud books: Phonemic Awareness
  • Serial books, such as The Monsters and Tommy Tales: Comprehension (serial books also support across-text comprehension, which is a critical-thinking skill)
  • Decodable and Sound/Symbol books: Phonics
  • Wordless books (used with leveled readers): Comprehension and Vocabulary
  • Vocabulary books and materials: Vocabulary
  • Fluency passages: Fluency
  • Reader's theater: Fluency
  • Poetry books, lessons, and materials: Fluency and Comprehension
  • Poetry books, lessons, and materials: Fluency and Comprehension
  • Graphic organizers: Comprehension and Vocabulary
  • Word sorts: Vocabulary
  • Assessments:
    • Comprehension Quick Checks
    • High-Frequency Word Assessments
    • Fluency Assessments
    • Phonics Assessments
    • Phonological Awareness Assessments
    • Retelling Rubrics

Do your materials align with state and national standards?

Our materials are designed for use with best practices as prescribed by the National Reading Panel. Please visit our research section for further information.

Our materials also align with many state standards. Also, visit our Leveled Reader Skills Chart for a comprehensive list of skills incorporated into each Leveled Reader lesson.

How are the Guided Readers leveled?

Each book is written with research-based guidelines and put through a rigorous process to ensure that it is leveled correctly. The text is then run through a computer program that scores it based on many factors, including word count, number of high-frequency words, and word difficulty. In addition, picture support, the amount of text per page, and the difficulty of the concepts are analyzed. Finally, Learning A-Z editors as well as a group of experienced reading specialists, researchers, and teachers review each book. Reading A-Z's leveling system is proprietary.

How do your materials correlate with other leveling systems?

For your convenience, we have developed a chart that correlates Reading A-Z levels with other popular leveled reading programs, including Reading Recovery, Fountas & Pinnell, and DRA.

Are the Decodable Books leveled?

Given that reading abilities vary considerably within a grade level, decodable books are not assigned to a particular age or grade. They are structured to introduce and review previously taught phonic elements and are appropriate for anyone learning the English language (including adults who are learning English as a second language). They can be used in conjunction with the sequential phonics lessons. As a guide, the first 33 books generally correspond to kindergarten, and the remaining books to first and second grades.

How do your materials differ from Raz-Kids?

Some Reading A-Z materials have been adapted for Raz-Kids.

Are your materials available in any language other than English?

Yes. Based on customer feedback, Reading A-Z Leveled Readers are available in English, Spanish, French, and British English. For a complete listing, please visit the All Books tab.

Why do the level aa books have periods without full sentences?

Reading A-Z provides concept books at Level aa. Each page contains simple 2-4 word lines that use high-frequency words and nouns in a 1:1 correspondence with the picture. These phrases or sentence fragments are usually predictable and consist of a one-word change from page to page, helping to build vocabulary and introduce initial capitalization, ending punctuation, and book handling skills in early readers.

How do I assemble the books?

Book assembly instructions for each type of book are located in the Teacher Corner. Also, on the right side of each book’s landing page are the instructions specific for that book. Look for the Assemble Your Book button. Instructions for both horizontal and vertical formats will appear in the same PDF document, so be sure to locate the appropriate instructions for your book format. Additional instructions for how to assemble double-sided books, comic books, and pocketbooks are available in a separate PDF document also located on the book’s landing page.

Do you offer full-color books?

Reading A-Z offers color covers for leveled readers and books in black and white with a few full color books. The majority of feedback from our customers suggests that the students enjoy coloring the books as a way to personalize their reading experience. That being said, we are gradually offering full color books until we have at least one per level. If they are received well, we will continue to add more.

Do you offer assessment materials?

Reading A-Z provides a collection of easy-to-use assessment tools in several key areas of reading--alphabet, phonological awareness, phonics, high-frequency words, fluency, and comprehension. These tools are designed to help diagnose a student's instructional needs and the effectiveness of the instruction delivered.

Visit the Assessment section for further details and access to the assessments.

What is a Running Record form?

A running record allows you a quick and efficient assessment of a student's reading performance as she/he reads from a benchmark book. Only the first 100—150 words of the longer benchmark books are used for the upper-level running records.

Visit the Assessment section for further details, instructions on using a running record form, and access to the forms.

How often are new materials made available?

New materials will be posted on a regularly scheduled basis. We encourage you to visit often and watch for updates in our future newsletters.

Do you have a search feature that allows me to locate books with a similar genre or skill type?

Yes. Reading A-Z offers an advanced search feature that will allow you to search by Level Type, Theme, Book Topic, Genre, Skill Type, and more.

What if I just want to sample the materials before purchasing?

To preview the materials before purchasing, visit our Sample section.