Online "Accelerated Reader"-type program


If you desire to encourage reading then this free online Accelerated Reader program may be for you.

When Jaden went to public school, he had the opportunity to participate in the school's Accelerated Reader program. (If you aren't familiar with how AR works, this is a basic run-down: the student reads a book, takes a multiple choice quiz to determine comprehension, and then earns points based on his score. At Jaden's school, kids who earned a certain number of points by a specified deadline were allowed to go on a special field trip.)

When we started homeschooling, I tried to find a similar program that we could participate in from home. In my search, I came across Book Adventure (a website created and maintained by Sylan Learning Center). It's quite similar to Accelerated Reader, and it's totally free. The kids can earn real prizes with their points, and parents can even create their own individualized prizes that can be posted on their child's Book Adventure account when their child sign's in.

Here's Book Adventure's description from their site.

Book Adventure is a FREE reading motivation program for children in grades K-8. Children create their own book lists from over 7,000 recommended titles, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they've read, and earn points and prizes for their literary successes.

It's definitely worth checking out!

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  1. missingnyc says

    You are an angel I tell you I've been looking for 3 years for something like this since my son used accelerated reading program in school!!! Your the best thank you for sharing your resources with me!!!

    Happy mother of 4


  2. janisse says

    LOVE IT!!!!!! Do you have how many books my boy had read, and at school, they would not give him the chance to do the AR? Now, finally he will be able to get rewards for such a hard work.


  3. Jennifer says

    Hooray!!!! This is our first year homeschooling. Last year my daughter excelled in the A.R program at her school. Imagining her disappointment in no longer being able to do that. I have been searching for something like this. I was dreading having to come up with something on my own. Thank You!!!


  4. Lili says

    Thank you very much! I've sarched for this for a long time, and I can't wait to share with my kids (one is 6th and the other is 7th grader.)


  5. says

    OH, My!!! This is sooooooooooo wonderful! I should be sleeping right now, however, I couldn't wait 'til tomorrow. I'm way to excited! I just got done setting up the boys' accounts and my parent account on Book Adventure. Thanks so much for sharing, this is just what we needed! :)

    Thanks bunches!


  6. brandy says

    It's great that the program is free but the book list is sooo limited. My daughter's in the 6th grade and we couldn't find quizes for the last 10 books she has read unfortunately.


  7. Yvette says

    Thank you! I recently started homeschooling and wanted a way to check my son's reading comprehension. Just when I thought I was going to have to read the books too…in order to come up with some type of reading assessment questions I can across your post for this program!!!! I just can't thank you enough!


  8. Leah says

    Thank you SO MUCH!!!! for your post about Bookadventure. I am so excited for my kids to have this as part of their homeschooling curriculum. What a blessing!


  9. Ginger Lipscomb says

    Wow, thanks!! I've been searching for something like this for my soon to be homeschooled 3rd grader. Glad I found this, it's perfect!


  10. says

    This is a great resource but I agree with a commenter who said their booklist is extremely limited. I just checked 9 books we brought home from the library and none of them were on it. These are all 4th-6th grade reading level (perhaps higher) so maybe they have more lower level reading tests?


  11. chila says

    this is great, probably the closest you will get to AR , however they don't have many books. I just checked twilight, a really popular book and they did not have it.


  12. stacy says

    Thank you for this post Joy. I have a child that needs extra help in the comprehension department. I was looking to find an AR alternative for the summer and extra at home help. Your post was most helpful!!


  13. Elizabeth says

    THANK YOU!!! I have been looking for something like AR since I've started homeschooling and this is perfect!! I can't believe it's really free!!!


  14. says

    Hello and I have a question: have any of you tried bookadventure? I keep trying but I can't get it to pull up any tests. My kids were so excited to find this site but I just can't get it to work. What could be wrong?


    Joy @ Five J's Reply:

    @Tiffany S., We used BookAdventure several years ago, but haven't used them in quite a while. Have you tried using their Help feature to see if they can help you troubleshoot?


  15. Aimee says

    I am so glad that you suggested this program! At first, I tried searching for books by their ISBN but it wasn't bringing anything up. I switched to searching by titles and found a lot of my books there. Great product!


  16. Joyce says

    My child took a test on this website back in mid summer, and now we wanted to use it regularly (we thought it was just wonderful, and just what we were looking for). Now I can't seem to get a test to open and work. I've tried the site on 3 different computers (including the library computer). What a shame. I guess I'll try to contact Sylvan learning center?


  17. Amy says

    Thank you! I love reading your suggestions and as a new homeschooler, I thank you for the encouragement and suggestions you offer!!!!!


  18. Lydia says

    Thanks. I am going to look into this. I hope this is what we've been looking for. Accelerated Reader was so great, and I am looking for something similar. Accelerated Reader doesn't offer a program for homeschoolers as of yet….I called and asked. They are missing some serious revenue from leaving homeschoolers out.


  19. Catherine says

    Thank you so much for this!! He did AR when he went to a different school. His new school does not do this and I am more than thrilled to have found this! Thank you!


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