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Book banding

Books for children can be graded in complexity by reading levels known as book bands. Book banding enables schools to use these books at the appropriate level to help children learn to read, then go on to develop and practise their reading skills.

Books can be graded from lilac to dark red, a colour standardisation which has been adopted by many publishers and allows teachers to measure children's reading progress across a wide range of materials. Books also banded black are books which provide stretch and challenge for your gifted and talented readers at a given level.

Download our book banding catalogue (PDF), or browse book banded titles by book band level, age range or school year below. See the reading schemes page to find out more about the major schemes and series currently available.​

Download a free Book bands: Progressive learning to read poster (PDF), linking book bands to school year and phonics phases.

Lilac - Band 0
Lilac - Band 0

Age 3-4, School Year: Foundation

Pink - Band 1
Pink - Band 1

Age 4-5, School Year: Reception

Red - Band 2
Red - Band 2

Age 4-5, School Year: Reception

Yellow - Band 3
Yellow - Band 3

Age 5-6, School Year: Year 1

Blue - Band 4
Blue - Band 4

Age 5-6, School Year: Year 1

Green - Band 5
Green - Band 5

Age 5-6, School Year: Year 1

Orange - Band 6
Orange - Band 6

Age 6-7, School Year: Year 1/Year 2

Turquoise - Band 7
Turquoise - Band 7

Age 6-7, School Year: Year 2

Purple - Band 8
Purple - Band 8

Age 6-7, School Year: Year 2

Gold - Band 9
Gold - Band 9

Age 6-7, School Year: Year 2

White - Band 10
White - Band 10

Age 6-8, School Year: Year 2/Year 3

Lime - Band 11
Lime - Band 11

Age 6-8, School Year: Year 2/Year 3

Brown
Brown

Age 7-8, School Year: Year 3

Grey
Grey

Age 8-9, School Year: Year 4

Dark Blue
Dark Blue

Age 9-10, School Year: Year 5

Dark Red
Dark Red

Age 10-11, School Year: Year 6

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