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Reading Programs & Resources

Guided Reading International

Category: Reading Resources

Guiding students towards reading success!

For Ages:

6 - 12


K - 6

Guided Reading International supports a comprehensive reading program by integrating differentiated small-group instruction, assessment, and independent practice.

About Guided Reading International

With more research-based programs available than ever, Scholastic Guided Reading International offers books leveled by the Fountas & Pinnell system, so you can effectively meet the needs of all your students and support their path to independent reading.

Provides a research-based, scaffolded instructional approach

Helps students interpret, build fluency, and comprehend as they read at their own level progressively

Supports students on their path to independent reading

About Fountas & Pinnell

About Irene Fountas, Gay Su Pinnell, and Guided Reading

Dr. Irene Fountas is an expert on Guided Reading and has many years of classroom experience in the U.S. and abroad. She co-authored the Scholastic Guided Reading Content Areas Program. She is a professor at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she is also the director of the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative, which offers Professional Development around the world.

Dr. Gay Su Pinnell is one of America’s leading authorities on Guided Reading. She created Scholastic’s Guided Reading Fiction and Nonfiction programs, and co-authored the Guided Reading Content Areas Program. She is a Professor in the School of Teaching and Learning of Ohio State University College of Education. Dr. Pinnell has received the Ohio Governor’s Award for service to education and numerous other honors.

Why Us?


  • Spark students’ interest while improving their reading skills with three Guided Reading programs that each include 260 titles (and no overlap!).
  • Develop vocabulary and comprehension skills through relevant books that connect to students’ experiences.
  • Match students to the right books with guidance on assessing their reading capabilities.
  • Provide targeted instructional resources and strategies for students reading below, at, or above grade level.


How does Guided Reading works?

BEFORE READING: Select and introduce the book

DURING READING: Read the entire book, give prompts or clue as needed by individual students

AFTER READING: Respond to the book and assess their reading

Key Learning Benefits

Develop vocabulary and comprehension skills through relevant books that connect to students’ experiences

  • Engaging content that provides rich vocabulary to support learning.
  • Support deep comprehension of subject-area content with strategically challenging texts.
  • Carefully leveled text based on content, academic and domain-specific vocabulary.
  • Helps student explore and familiarize themselves with different types of literacy.

Targeted instructional resources and strategies that helps students reading below, at or above grade level progressively

The A-to-Z levels are designed to allow teachers to differentiate instruction and select texts that will challenge students to read and comprehend increasingly complex texts. (Fountas & Pinnell, 2019)

Support an effortless teaching experience with easy-to-use resources

Teaching guide that provides direction on conducting a guided reading session, monitoring students’ ongoing reading progress and assessing students’ proficiency in reading using running records.

Teaching cards that is design to facilitate close reading and rigorous discussion easily.

  • Identifies portions of text to help teach essential vocabulary and comprehension skills.
  • Focus on social-emotional learning with topics such as adjusting to change, kindness and resilience.
  • Meet standards and make real-world connections.
  • Connect students with real-world examples.