• Independent Reading Libraries

Packages to Meet Your Needs

Libraries that Motivate Students to Read

According to research, effective independent reading libraries include an extensive collection of appealing books—in a wide variety of genres—at a range of text difficulty levels matched to students’ abilities, allowing for student choice yet providing guidance in selections. That’s the essence of HMH Independent Reading Libraries.

HMH Independent Reading Libraries contain single copies of high-interest fiction and nonfiction leveled texts and trade titles that span a variety of topics and genres to engage readers in Grades K–5. Approximately one third of the books in each library are trade titles.

  • Each library at Kindergarten contains 250 single-copy titles in five Lexile®-based collections.
  • Each library at Grades 1–5 contains 300 single-copy titles in six Lexile-based collections.

Libraries include totes for convenient storage, and books are labeled with Lexile levels to help students make accurate choices.

HMH Independent Reading Libraries:

  • 50-50 balance of fiction/nonfiction
  • 1/3 trade titles
  • Tailored to match student Lexile levels
  • Age-appropriate topics and interest levels
  • Kindergarten: 250 titles in each library
  • Grades 1–5: 300 titles in each library

independent reading libraries

Purchase Options to Meet Your Needs

Tailored libraries, Grade level libraries, and Lexile collections. These purchase options are designed to meet the needs of your district or school.

HMH Independent Reading Libraries

Tailored Library with HMH Reading Inventory

Tailored Library with Analysis

Grade Level Library

Lexile Collections

Tailored Library with 1-year subscription of HMH Reading Inventory™ for up to 35 students per classroom. Includes analysis service at the school level. Libraries are organized in canvas totes, each containing 50 books within a specified Lexile range. At Kindergarten, the library is comprised of 5 totes/250 books. At Grades 1–5, each library is comprised of 6 totes/300 books. Libraries contain Fiction/Nonfiction titles with approximately one third of the titles being trade books. Libraries are purchased by classroom.

Tailored Library based on student reading level data provided by district. Includes analysis service at the school level. Libraries are organized in canvas totes, each containing 50 books within a specified Lexile range. At Kindergarten, the library is comprised of 5 totes/250 books. At Grades 1–5, each library is comprised of 6 totes/300 books. Libraries contain Fiction/Nonfiction titles with approximately one third of the titles being trade books. Libraries are purchased by classroom.

Grade Level Libraries, organized in canvas totes that each contains 50 books within a specified Lexile range, are pre-selected based on typical grade-level reading ranges. Libraries include titles to support above and below level readers. At Kindergarten, the library is comprised of 5 totes/250 books. At Grades 1–5, each library is comprised of 6 totes/300 books. Libraries contain Fiction/Nonfiction titles with approximately one third of the titles being trade books. Libraries are purchased by classroom.

Lexile Collections are collections of 50 books within a specified Lexile range contained in a canvas tote. Collections contain Fiction/Nonfiction titles with approximately one third of the titles being trade books.

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