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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Capstone Press Books Rank #1 With Struggling Readers

Renaissance Learning Report Reveals Student Reading Habits

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Nov. 10, 2009 – Renaissance LearningTM has published the results of a national survey on the reading habits of more than 4.6 million students in grades 1-12. “What Kids Are Reading: The Book-Reading Habits of Students in American Schools,” reports titles from Capstone Press, publisher of accessible, innovative children’s nonfiction for beginning, struggling, and reluctant preK-8 readers, are among the most read books by struggling readers.

Of the top 20 high/low books read by more than 20,000 students in grades 4-5, all 20 titles are published by Capstone Press. Titles on the list are from Capstone’s popular Horsepower and U.S. Armed Forces series, both part of its Blazers brand of books. Reviewers have praised Horsepower for “targeting those students struggling with reading and needing stimulating material,” and writing that “the text will challenge struggling readers, but the brightly colored action photographs will hold their interest and encourage them to continue,” (Library Media Connection).

“We’re excited to see that more than 20,000 struggling 4th and 5th graders are actively reading. The fact that all of the books on their top 20 list are published by Capstone Press is a tremendous bonus,” said Matt Keller, President of Capstone Publishers Nonfiction. “We have a long history in publishing cutting-edge high-interest, low-reading leveled nonfiction to motivate and excite struggling and reluctant readers. It’s where our company began, and continues to focus on, most recently with the launch of our newest brand Velocity for middle school reluctant readers.”

Seven Capstone Press titles from the Horsepower series also appeared on the top 20 high/low book list for grades 6-8, and Capstone’s Deer Hunting title, from its Great Outdoors series, was ranked as the 10th most popular nonfiction title overall among 8th grade boys.

Renaissance Learning captured the data for its survey during the 2008-09 school year from more than 15, 000 schools nationwide through its popular reading software Accelerated ReaderTM. The full report is available at

1 comment:

  1. It's so important to draw attention to reading, and attract reluctant readers to it,especially boys. In fact, I've recently completed a feature magazine article on this subject that came out in October, "Help for Struggling, Reluctant Readers."

    I grew up as a reluctant reader, in spite of the fact that my father published over 70 books. Now I write action-adventures & mysteries, especially for tween boys, that avid boy readers and girls enjoy just as much.

    My blog, Books for Boys is dedicated to drawing attention to the importance of reading.

    Keep up your good work.

    Max Elliot Anderson