Information for teachers and librarians

Understand what the Barrington Stoke range offers and discover books specially selected for you, plus supporting free resources.

How do I choose the right books for my pupils?

Our books feature a mix of approaches:

Hi lo (high interest, low ability), meaning that the content is appropriate to the age of the reader but the text is edited to suit a lower reading age.

Reading ages (RAs), which range from 6 to 9 and interest ages (IAs) from 5+ to teen. When you view any title on our website you will find the RA and IA listed.

You can download sample pages for our different RA/IA combinations to try with your pupils before you buy.

If you don’t know their reading age, ask them to look at the samples and cover any words they can’t read with a finger. If they cover more than five words per page, assume it is too difficult for them right now.

View reading age samples

Children are so excited to read the Barrington Stoke books. They have enabled us to reach those reluctant readers and encourage reading for pleasure.

Ruby Langford, Assistant Head Teacher & English Lead, Sandringham Primary School