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Book Banded Books

Book bands in school

The book band system is designed to help schools grade their reading books. Most reading scheme books for children aged 4 to 8 years have been given a book band colour by the publisher based on the level of reading difficulty.  

 Reading age & book bands

As you will see from the chart above there are general guidelines about which book bands should be covered at each age group. Please remember that children learn in different ways and make progress at different times. It is possible that there may be seven year olds on book band red and five year olds on book band turquoise.

As a rough guide, children are expected to reach the highest level (lime) at seven or eight years old. Children who read above lime level are reading fairly fluently and although some books are still graded above this level, children are reading such a wide range of material that the banding becomes not so important. For the fluent readers in KS1 we have book banded books that go beyond lime.

At school we aim for most children to be reading at lime by the end of year 2 the beginning of year 3. Once children come independent readers then they will be moved onto accelerated reader in KS2.

Below you can find how you can help your child when they are reading different book bands