Celebrating 15 years of What Kids Are Reading

Since 2008, What Kids Are Reading has been a go-to resource for teachers, librarians, families, and students themselves. Using data from Renaissance’s Accelerated Reader program and myON digital platform, the report lists the books students are reading the most—along with new and noteworthy titles, popular Spanish titles, and much more.

With this edition, we celebrate the 15th anniversary of What Kids Are Reading, with the same goal we have every year: providing inspiration to kids searching for that next great read.

1st Edition 2009
3 million US Students
9,898 Schools
78 million Print Books
102,661,888 Digital Books
50 billion seconds Or 1,576 years of student reading
15th Edition 2023
5.4 million US Students
22,185 Schools
171 million Print Books
155,823,367 Digital Books
71 billion seconds Or 2,265 Years of Student Reading

Quotes from our author essayists

Resources to motivate student reading

What Kids Are Reading is a great resource for introducing students to engaging new titles and intriguing new authors. Check out these articles for more insights on motivating daily reading practice and supporting literacy growth from kindergarten through high school.

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You can create your own What Kids Are Reading report! Use this Custom Report Builder tool to see specific results for your state—and to make custom book lists for individual students and reading groups.

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What Kids Are Reading

Explore the grade-level lists of the top print and digital titles, see students’ favorite books over the last fifteen years, and much more.

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