About Reading Counts!

Motivate Independent Readers

Young Reader Using Tablet

Reading Counts! is an independent reading program for Grades K–12 that combines reading practice and software-based assessment. Students choose from thousands of popular and engaging titles, read the books, and take the corresponding quizzes. This technology-based reading program creates a personalized and engaging learning environment that ensures independent reading accountability.

Reading Counts!:

  • MOTIVATES students with suggested reading choices that match their interests and reading levels
  • EMPOWERS educators with reports and actionable data at the student, school, and district level
  • REINFORCES comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency skills
Young Reader

Today’s standards stress that reading and comprehending a range of increasingly more complex texts prepares students for the text demands they will face in our growingly more complex world.

Reading Counts! is a perfect tool for improving students’ reading trajectory toward the college-and career- readiness skills they will need to stay competitive.

Reading Counts! tests for general reading comprehension and provides an immediate snapshot if students can succeed with more difficult text.

Reading Counts! lets teachers see if students are transferring instructional reading strategies for hard texts through their success with independent reading.

Reading Counts! can be customized to meet more rigorous expectations for individual students or for groups of students.

Teacher Helping Young Boy

Reading Counts! edges out the competition with better quizzes, which leads to more accurate data and provides more actionable reports.

  • EASY: Start with any great book found in your classroom library, school library, or public library–fiction, nonfiction, and curriculum-based books that kids WANT to read!
  • LEVELED: Students choose a title from a personalized Reading Counts! book list that is appropriate for their skills and matches their interests. All Reading Counts! titles align with the Lexile® Framework making it easy to match a student with a book at just-the-right level for them.
  • ACTIONABLE: Every quiz provides a true, formative, curriculum-based assessment so you can use Reading Counts! as a regular progress monitor.
  • BEST VALUE: Reading Counts! is the most cost-effective reading program available to improve students’ independent reading accountability.
Teacher Helping Young Girl

Reading Counts! leverages your independent reading programs into a measurable and highly motivating strategy to raise reading achievement for all students. Reading Counts! gives teachers and students resources to fully utilize the reading program, update software, download manuals, search for titles, and suggest quizzes.

Book Expert:
Search our easy-to-use database to find books that are supported by Reading Counts! quizzes. Book Expert allows you to search for books by title, author, grade level, Lexile® measure, genre, and topic. This is an open resource and can be enjoyed by everyone!

Suggest a Quiz:
We are especially interested in learning about books of regional interest, nonfiction titles, and books from smaller presses that might not normally come to our attention. Reading Counts! creates quizzes for recently published books, so please suggest newer titles.

To search for quiz collection lists, software updates, manuals and release notes, please go to our Product Support site.

Contact your HMH representative at 888.918.6158 to learn more about this easy-to-use and budget- friendly program.