Book banding & guided reading
Having banded the books in your core (lending) collection, you may want to consider the benefits of banding your guided reading collection too.
One key advantage is that you can group children accurately to ensure that they are all receiving adequate challenge. Bear in mind that in guided reading, children are likely to be reading at a level above their book band level, though this will not always be the case.
Schools will also want to consider how the collection of guided reading books is stored and organised so that staff can also select by genre.
Another advantage of organising books in this way, is that it helps the literacy subject leader to be specific when identifying a particular gap in the guided reading collection. They can then pass this information to a wholesaler, who can source and supply appropriate books. When the books arrive at school they can be labelled, perhaps by some older children who have been trained to to this.
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