Frequently asked questions about Readola and Classroom Connections

Why can't I see any books listed? How do I know what books are included in the Blue Ribbon Awards Collection?

We ask that everyone register to access the Blue Ribbon Awards Collection. Once your account has been verified, you will have 100% access to all titles, updates of new lists, unlimited Reading Roadmaps and complimentary customer support.

How much does it cost our school to use the Blue Ribbon Awards Collection?

Readola is offered in affordable packages accessible to all budgets. Family Plans, Individual Classroom and School Wide (unlimited) options are available. The small cost helps offset our team expense researching and collating the Blue Ribbon Awards Collection. You can also support our research through participation in Classroom Connections and Readola Virtual Book Fairs.

How can Readola save our school money?

Schools can use Readola to compliment volunteer librarians with professional level expertise. Additionally, Readola provides a multi-discipline (social studies, geography, history, literature, math) curriculum. Schools can use materials already in the library, or available for purchase at a fraction of the cost of proprietary reading programs. 

Need bulk purchases, library purchases or classroom sets of award nominated books? We can help save you a significant amount off of retail. Let us know the title, how many and how soon you need the books. Sign up for our newsletter and we'll send you a monthly list of discounted titles.

Is Readola owned by a publishing company? How do we know your recommendations are unbiased?

Readola has zero financial interest in any title listed. Readola owns none of the titles listed, so all recommendations are unbiased and based on a specific criteria.

Why do you use Lexiles for grouping reading levels?

Lexiles are a widely used method, easily convertible into other standards. Instead of broad age groupings, Readola aims to provide students and their families with targeted recommendations. 

Do we have to purchase books to utilize Readola?

Absolutely not. Readola features award nominated titles, sorted and categorized for ease of use. We suggest finding those titles in your library or classroom. If a title is not available in the library, we have affordable options for adding it to your collection. If a student's family wishes to purchase a book from the collection, that option is available. There is zero obligation to do so.

What age groups is Readola geared towards?

All age groups. More importantly, all reading levels. 

Our school is going to all digital format. How does that work with Readola?

Titles in the Blue Ribbon Awards Collection are commonly available via electronic format. Widely used ebook services likely have most titles available.

Are there any non-fiction titles?

The Blue Ribbon Awards Collection, the titles Readola is based on, features numerous non-fiction and STEM related books. Included are the National Science Teacher's Association top STEM titles.

My students don't like what they consider "heavy literature". What's available for them?

One of the many advantages of Readola is the broad selection for all interests and abilities. Do your student's like graphic novels? There's a large selection of the best. Non-fiction, too.

My school isn't interested in adopting Readola right now. Can I adopt Readola for just my classroom?

Absolutely. We even have a way for it to be self funding!

What are Donation Dogs? How are they different than gift certificates?

Gift certificates are an opportunity for family (or sponsors) to purchase a book for their student. And remember, every book is an award nominee! We feature Scout - Readola's Reading Retriever - because we think he's cool. 

 What is the difference between Readola and Classroom Connections?

Readola is a school wide (or grade/organization) reading program. Classroom Connections bring the power of Readola to individual classrooms if there is no school-wide adoption. Classroom Connections can be self funding if used as an alternative to monthly book club flyers.

 How does our school make Readola self funding curriculum?

Readola brings in outside money by encouraging willing sponsors to purchase gift certificates for students to purchase books (via virtual book fairs or Classroom Connections) from the Blue Ribbon Awards Collection. Readola provides your group a customized landing page with an introduction and instructions. There's zero cost!

We're already running a book fair.

No problem! Readola doesn't require your school to work with us exclusively. Because Readola features a specific set of award nominated titles - a set that likely doesn't appear on your current book fair - our book fairs are a great addition to the commercial heavy book fair you're currently supporting. More options for your staff, students and their families!