By Ken Stoflet, Communications Specialist
Ever wonder who writes the reading comprehension quizzes in Renaissance Accelerated Reader® and Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360®? With more than 180,000 quizzes available and new books published every day, we have an amazing team that reads new books each week and writes quizzes. We asked a few of the Renaissance quiz writers about their favorite books that they read and wrote quizzes for in 2016.
“Hands down, it’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down. All the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are fabulous. Kids love them and there is humor that adults will find hilarious. I like to think that by writing a quiz, I am sharing a book with a student. When I write a question, I envision a kid thinking, ‘Yeah, that was a great (or funny/sad/exciting) event in the book.’” – Barb
“I write quizzes for a lot of middle-school-level science books, and it’s hard to pick a favorite, but I have to say that it is my genre. The pictures are often amazing, and I’m able to keep up with all the new developments in areas like genetics and climate change. I think it’s a fun and positive way to inspire kids about science and to improve scientific literacy, which is good for all of us!” – Christine
“My favorite books are the ones whose ideas can be found across various mediums because I enjoy comparing different ways of telling the same story. For example, The Vampire Diaries, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead television series are all based on literature/graphic novels, for which I have read and created quizzes. On the flipside, the Legos and Transformers series of graphic novels are spin-offs of toys and movies. Sometimes I even check out sites like Deviant Art to see artists’ renditions of characters or settings just to get yet another side of the story, especially since I do so much work with the fantasy genre. The books I read inspire some amazing art.” – Shannon
“I have read many, many Stephen King books during my years as a quiz writer and I have not been a big fan of his ‘supernatural’ stuff, but Finders Keepers is a straightforward novel with no weird special effects that is very enjoyable. It’s a sequel to King’s previous book, Mr. Mercedes, and it features some of the same characters, but you don’t need to read the first book to understand and enjoy this one. One caution: as with most Stephen King books, Finders Keepers is filled with profanity, raw language, graphic violence, and adult situations. Overall, the best part about being a quiz writer is reading books that I probably would not have chosen to read on my own but that I have found to be a surprising treat. It’s an adventure to come in to the office every week and discover my next assignment.” – Steve
“One of my favorite books I’ve read and written a quiz for this year was Maxi’s Secrets for the way it presented friendships and for its sad but beautiful ending. The best part about writing quizzes is knowing that what you’re doing is making a difference for so many kids and helping them become better readers. My granddaughter uses Accelerated Reader in school, and she was thrilled to learn that I write those quizzes!” – Pat
What were your students’ favorite books this year? Let us know in the comments! To see a complete list of the books available in Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Reader 360, check out arbookfind.com.