Individualized Daily Reading (IDR)

Why is Individualized Daily Reading Important?

To motivate children to read, write, and expand their vocabulary, they must have books that capture their imagination. Students need daily practice reading high-interest fiction and nonfiction books that are carefully matched to their independent reading levels and that appeal to their curiosity and interests.

The Individualized Daily Reading (IDR) libraries help educators build or augment a classroom library to support everyday practice, so students can read successfully for pleasure, information, and exploration.

What are Individualized Daily Reading (IDR) Libraries?

Individualized Daily Reading (IDR) Libraries are made up of sixteen 15-book sets — nonfiction, fiction, and easy, on-level, and challenging — for a total of 240 books at each grade level from kindergarten to sixth grade. Book sets may be flexibly purchased in order to create custom libraries for the specific needs of your classroom — more or less challenging texts, more or less nonfiction, etc.

Inclusive and Diverse Texts

High-quality trade books span a range of genres, including contemporary and historical fiction, mystery, humor, graphic novels, science fiction, biography/memoir, sports, animals, social studies, and science:

  • Time-tested favorites and new authors, themes, and styles
  • Inclusive book sets that are specifically curated to reflect the diversity of the world we live in
  • Varied authors who bring the full range of human experience and knowledge into the classroom
  • Leveling to support all readers: half the books at each grade are on grade level, 25 percent are 1–1.5 grades below grade level, and 25 percent are 1–1.5 grades above grade level
Books for Every Reader

A rich, engaging, and diverse selection of books is the key to successful and empowering IDR. Collaborative Classroom Individualized Daily Reading library books are leveled with the Fountas and Pinnel Leveling System and the Lexile Framework so that teachers can support students in making appropriate “just right” choices. Guided Reading and Lexile levels are provided with the books whenever they are available.

How the Books are Selected

The content and structure of the IDR libraries was developed with the expertise of classroom teachers, children’s librarians, and curriculum developers.

This team brought their familiarity with literacy instruction and a classroom perspective to the book-selection process. They designed the guiding principles by which we continue to select books. Experts in the field, children’s publishing professionals, as well as children themselves, contribute their knowledge of children’s literature, commitment to inclusivity, and keen sense of students’ tastes.

We review thousands of titles for inclusion in the IDR libraries and deliberately balance culture, race, gender, genre, and subject so that the books will appeal to a variety of readers. Each of the titles is placed into a library set taking into account its Guided Reading level, Lexile level, journal reviews, and student responses.

The resulting libraries are unique in their breadth and richness, and they are continually refreshed with new titles from more than 70 publishers.