Hi -Lo is an acronym which stands for high interest, low reading level. These books cover a wide range of topics aimed at capturing a child’s interest but are written in an easy-to-read style. Illustrations are also a key feature of hi-lo books.
Some hi-lo books are also printed on dyslexia-friendly paper using dyslexia-friendly text.
What topics do hi-lo books cover?
Hi-lo books cover a wide range of interests and topics ranging from fiction to non-fiction.
Chances are, there is a hi-lo book to match your child’s interest.
Who are hi-lo books aimed at?
Hi-lo books are aimed at children who struggle to read, perhaps because they are dyslexic. They are also aimed at children who find reading ‘boring’ or a bit of a chore.
How do I choose hi-lo books for my child?
The key is to find a topic which your child is interested in.
Then select a hi-lo book to match that interest according to your child’s age and reading ability.
Hi-lo books are labelled with an interest age (IA) and a reading age (RA)
For example there may be a book about the solar system labelled ‘IA 11+ RA 9+’
This means that book is aimed at a child who is aged 11+ and has a reading age of 9+
How do I know my child’s reading age?
Working out your child’s reading age is not a straight forward task. A good starting point would be to consult with your child’s teachers because schools conduct diagnostic assessments to ascertain your child’s reading ability.
Are the illustrations in hi-lo books too childish?
Illustrations are age-appropriated so that your child would not feel that they are being patronised
Are there hi-lo books available as part of a series?
Hi-lo books do come in series. They are great to maintain the interest of your child in a particular topic or story. Here’s an example of a wonderful series called The Streets which has an Interest age of 12+ and a reading age of 9+
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