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Primary School Banded Reading Books

Badger's best-selling range of 'Banded' reading boxes includes selections of 'real' books that we consider to be levelled comparatively to the widely-used colour banding levels for KS1 (Lilac to Lime) and the extended popular KS2 book bands (Brown to Black). The aim is to support children using colour banded scheme reading books, by offering variety and breadth to their reading experience through a choice of 'real' books that they can read mostly by themselves.

The colour bands are:
  • 'Best-fit' rather than rigorously fulfilling characteristics (because of the uncontrived way that 'real' books are written) 
  • Open to your further consideration and judgement

As well as the original best-selling ‘Banded’ Reading Boxes covering book bands 1-11 (Pink to Lime), Badger is pleased to offer a further six levels in response to requests from teachers. Lilac book band level offers wordless books to encourage beginner readers to use visual literacy to aid reading development, in the way that popular schemes similarly start with wordless books. KS2 book band levels, Brown, Grey, Dark Blue and Dark Red, have been extremely popular to date and this year we are pleased to offer a further level for confident readers in Year 5 and 6 – Black book band. These six extended levels provide additional steps in reading progression, giving KS2 children helpful support in selecting books that match their reading ability perfectly.

Badger Reading Boxes offer schools the largest range of book banded 'real' books. Seventeen levels are available as collections of two colour bands, or in single colour packs. This is good for schools looking to focus on specific bands or wanting to start a ‘banded’ library.

All collections are supplied with a minimum of 10% discount and free colour band stickers. Starter Packs and complete Library Packs offer further savings up to 15%.

'Banded' Pick and Mix Option:

Most of the books in the Badger 'Banded' Reading Boxes are available to buy as individual copies, allowing you to select the levels and quantity of books needed for your classroom or to build Guided Reading packs of 6 books. Stickers are also available to purchase in packs for your banded library.

For a comprehensive price list of each available title please call +44 (0)1553 816083.

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