“Top 20 Books Read Among U.S. High Schoolers 2010-2011:
- Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins (ATOS book level 5.3)
- Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck (4.5)
- To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (5.6)
- Night, Elie Wiesel (4.8)
- The Last Song, Nicholas Sparks (5.1)
- Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins (5.3)
- Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins (5.3)
- Animal Farm, George Orwell (7.3)
- Twilight, Stephenie Meyer (4.9)
- A Child Called “It”, Dave Pelzer (5.8)
- Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer (4.8)
- The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan (4.7)
- The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton (4.7)
- Dear John, Nicholas Sparks (5.5)
- Crank, Ellen Hopkins (4.3)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling (6.9)
- The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (7.3)
- Lord of the Flies, William Golding (5.0)
- The Giver, Lois Lowry (5.7)
- Marked: A House of Night Novel, P.C. Cast (5.4)”
And one English teacher e-mailed back with the question/statement: "Hunger Games and To Kill A Mockingbird are .3 apart?"
What should kids be reading?
Maybe I should start out with what students shouldn’t be reading! They shouldn’t be required to read books that are over 200 pages. They shouldn’t be reading things that are developmentally inappropriate, no matter what their reading level is.
“I hate to read” is a common saying among teenagers. However, many of them hate to read because they haven’t been allowed to read things that they like. The basic tenet of getting all students to read is to let them choose what they are interested in.
Spoken like someone who wants kids to love to read, not just know how to read. Yeah, spoken like a librarian, not a politician. Oh, I wonder what the reading level of 50 Shades of Gray or the latest Vince Flynn thriller might be? Are we adults reading "below grade level" as well?
Folks, you see "reading level" proceed with caution.
*From the report, page 67: