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Winter Reads: Reading


Global Read Aloud

The Global Read Aloud project was created in 2010 with a simple goal in mind; one book to connect the world. From its humble beginnings, the GRA has grown to make a truly global connection with more than 4,000,000 students having participated

MS Library Council

The MS Library Council is made up of the MS Library Ambassadors.  Their goal is to promote and support the love of reading and libraries.

During the semester they will be putting together booklists, displays, and other activities to promote reading.  

About Reading

  • DRA
    Most schools refer to a lower elementary child’s DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) score, which also matches a corresponding reading level of books. Book lists for DRA levels are available online.
  • Guided Reading Levels 
    The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System uses letters of the alphabet to indicate reading level — “A” for the most beginning kindergarten reader and “Z” for advanced readers around 7th or 8th grade. These book lists can be found on various websites.
  • QRI Grade Level Rating
    For older elementary students, the QRI (Qualitative Reading Inventory) assessment is given to assess grade level reading in both fiction and nonfiction. These scores don’t match up to specific books but are helpful to use as a guideline when asking for book recommendations and looking at the publisher’s reading levels.
  • Publisher’s Grade Equivalent Rating
    All publishers have their own system for evaluating reading levels. They indicate a grade level number such as 2.5 for the middle of 2nd grade. The confusing thing is that each publisher has its own system for evaluating and assigning a grade level. Use these as a starting point, not the be-all, end-all for reading level, since they are not normed.
  • Lexile 
    The Lexile Measure indicates the complexity of text and assigns it a score from 0L to 2000L; it also measures the student’s actual reading ability. Students take an SRI test or a standardized reading test to get their Lexile number. To find books using the Lexile measurement, go to the Lexile site or the Scholastic site.

Book Lists/Links


Go to this page to access sites that recommend books you may like to read next if you liked a particular title or links to sites with reading lists links to many of the prominent book awards.

Popular YA Authors

This page goes a list of Popular YA Authors. Click on an Author you love and it will take you to Destiny Discover and a collection of books by that author that we have in the library.   Feel free to suggest other authors you would like to see on this page. 

Author Visit

  Authors who have visited the ISB Main Library during the past 2 years include:

  Oliver Phommavanh


  Lisa Graff

  We are in the process of working on an author's visit for the 2020/21 School Year!



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