Library Services for Schools - Book banding

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Book Banding


Our team have been banding books in Cumbrian schools for the past 8 years. In that time we've acquired a great deal of knowledge and expertise, allowing us to carry out the process quickly and efficiently.

If you're considering having your school's books banded please contact us.

If you have previously used our service and have some new stock to band ask us about our ad hoc book banding service.

If you are a school from outside Cumbria and you are interested in our book banding service please contact us for costs and availability in your area.

Book banding is a method of grading the reading level of a particular book. This allows children to be guided to appropriate reading material. Not only is it a good way to organise the levels of books in schools, it can also help staff to audit numbers, types of books and the spread of various levels across the school.

Our service includes:

  • A pre banding audit - old, damaged or inappropriate books weeded out before banding (if required)
  • Grading - books are banded based on the grades published in Book Bands for Guided Reading
  • Stickering - each band is assigned a colour and the appropriate coloured label is stuck onto the book
  • Post banding review - the spread of levels across classes or generally can be assessed, allowing redistribution or purchase of appropriate stock
  • Recommendation - our professional staff can recommend quality titles at each level to enhance your school's stock

"It gave the library a total revamp and gave us the courage to throw out old and tired books as well as knowing books are correctly banded. Great communication, great job done, including ordering up to date variety of books. Thank you." Lowther Endowed School, Hackthorpe

"The librarian knew exactly what to do ..... she had the expertise linked to banding that we didn't. She was so good. We had a team of helpers for her and she just got on with it. We are amazed at the impact it has had." St Michael's CE Primary School, Dalston

"Thank you so much for this, can't believe how quickly this has been done - we are delighted! Menstrie Primary School, Clackmannanshire

"Independent review, expert analysis of the books, enables staff in school to focus on filling the gaps. Children can be correctly placed on the right books." Long Marton School

"We saved so much of our staff time whilst creating a system to help us monitor our pupils' reading progress effectively. I am so glad we made the decision to band the books. We now have a much more organised system for our reading books."