Novels for IEPs & ELLs

Our novels enable dignified differentiation with multiple reading levels in 30+ languages.
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Dignified Differentiation

Side-by-Side Translations

Unlock reading comprehension by viewing the original text side-by-side with our adaptations:

  • 3 Reading Levels
  • 30+ Languages

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Multilingual Audiobooks

Listen to our texts in 30+ languages. Use passage markers to follow along in paperback or online.

Reading Levels

Our editions simplify the vocabulary and sentence structure while retaining content and themes (Gold: 2-3 grades; Silver: 4-6 grades).

"Inspirited by this wind of promise, my day dreams become more fervent and vivid. I try in vain to be persuaded that the pole is the seat of frost and desolation; it ever presents itself to my imagination as the region of beauty and delight."

Mary Shelley's original Frankenstein is written at an 11th - 12th grade reading level.

"This promising wind fuels my daydreams, making them more vivid and intense. I refuse to believe that the pole is a place of only frost and desolation; in my mind, it's a beautiful and delightful region."

Our Gold Editions simplify the text by 2-3 grade levels, without changing the content.

"The cold wind makes me dream even more about my journey. I have a hard time believing that the North Pole is just cold and empty. In my imagination, it's a beautiful and wonderful place."

Our Silver Editions simplify the text an additional 2-3 grade levels (4-6 grades easier in total).

What educators are saying about Adaptive Reader

Teacher Testimonials

"Before Adaptive Reader it was hard to find age-appropriate text that my kids could understand and actually enjoy.

While their peers were diving into Shakespeare, they were reading texts meant for elementary kids. I wanted my students to feel included, to feel their age, but not at the expense of comprehension.

Adaptive Reader is the end all be all of inclusivity [...] The different levels of text meet students where they are at, but still tell the same story."

- Morgan B.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What languages do you offer?

Premium users can access all of our texts in:

Norwegian, English, Turkish, Estonian, Romanian, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, German, Latvian, Lithuanian, Chinese, Hungarian, Czech, Greek, Slovenian, French, Swedish, Finnish, Bulgarian, Indonesian, Arabic, Danish, Slovak, Russian, Korean, Ukrainian, Polish.

We have a limited number of texts available in other languages.

Partner schools are able to request additional languages — learn about how to work with us here.

How do you translate your novels & plays?

We use a combination of human expertise and large language models (AI) to translate our novels.

QUALITY CONTROL

Ensuring quality is incredibly important to us, which is why we invest heavily in our human editorial process (learn more).

At the same time, we know that our translations can always be improved! If you spot an error our editorial team missed or have an alternative suggestion to improve a particular translation, let us know — we're constantly working to improve the quality of our offering.

What is a leveled text?

A "leveled text" refers to a book or piece of literature that is classified according to its difficulty level, making it suitable for readers at a specific stage in their reading development. These levels are determined based on a variety of factors such as vocabulary, sentence length, complexity of the plot, and the use of images.

In the context of adaptive readers, a leveled text is adapted to cater to different reading abilities while maintaining the core content and themes of the original work. This can involve simplifying the vocabulary and reducing sentence length.

For example, a complex novel like "Moby Dick" might be adapted for early readers by simplifying the language, shortening the sentences, and reducing the total number of words. This allows emerging or less experienced readers to enjoy the story at their own reading level, while gradually building their reading skills.

However, it's important to remember that even though the text is adapted, the content and themes remain the same as the original. This means that some books, even when adapted, may still contain content that is challenging or inappropriate for younger readers. Therefore, it's always a good idea to review the content warnings on each novel for more detailed information.

Does research exist that validates the use of leveled texts?

There is substantial research supporting the use of leveled texts in literacy education.

The concept behind leveled texts is grounded in Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD), a theory suggesting that learners can make the most progress when working with content that is just above their current ability level. When applied to reading, this means that students can develop their skills most effectively by reading texts that challenge them, but not so much that they become frustrated or discouraged.

Research has shown that using leveled texts can help to match books to a reader's current reading ability, thereby promoting confidence, motivation, and skill development. It can help ensure that students are reading books that they can comprehend, while also gradually introducing them to new vocabulary and more complex sentence structures.

By offering a range of books at different reading levels, educators can differentiate instruction to meet individual students' needs. This approach can be particularly beneficial in classrooms with a wide range of reading abilities.

However, while leveled texts can be a valuable tool, they are not the only factor to consider in literacy instruction. It's also important to foster a love of reading and to expose students to a variety of text types and genres.

How can I use Adaptive Reader's leveled novels in the classroom?

Adaptive Reader's leveled novels can be a valuable resource in the classroom in several ways:

  1. Differentiated Instruction: The leveled novels allow you to cater to the various reading abilities of your students. You can assign different books or different versions of the same book based on each student's reading level.
  2. Guided Reading Sessions: These novels can be used during guided reading sessions. In these sessions, small groups of students who are reading at a similar level read a book together with the guidance of the teacher.
  3. Literature Circles: For literature circles, students at similar reading levels can read the same book and discuss it. This promotes comprehension, critical thinking, and communication skills.
  4. Independent Reading: Leveled novels are also great for independent reading. Students can choose a book at their reading level and progress at their own pace.
  5. Building Reading Confidence: By starting students with books at their level, you're setting them up for success. This can help to build their confidence and motivate them to take on more challenging texts.
  6. Introducing Complex Themes: Adaptive Reader's leveled novels retain the core themes of the original works. This means they can be used to introduce students to complex themes and ideas, but in a way that is accessible and manageable for them.
  7. Engaging Reluctant Readers: For accomplished readers - students and adults alike - who might not particularly enjoy reading, our Gold Editions present a more accessible version of classic literature. These editions eliminate the need to painstakingly navigate through complex prose, rendering the classics more appealing and absorbing.

Remember to consider the content and themes of each book when deciding how to use it in your classroom, as some books may contain challenging or sensitive material.

Do you alter the content of the books you offer?

No, we do not substantially alter the content of the books we offer. The original content remains the same, and our original editions are untouched.

In our adapted editions, we maintain the content of the original story — including scenes that may be challenging for some readers — while ensuring that no profane language is included.

Review the content warnings for each novel before assigning to your students.

What is the intended age range for your book collection?

Our book collections are primarily designed for high school students or adult learners. In the future, we plan to expand the collection to offer more titles for younger readers.

Do you offer special discounts for educators?

Yes, we understand the value of educators and appreciate their efforts. We offer a 40% discount on orders of 5 or more books (mix and match), applied automatically at checkout.