What Kids Are Reading Report 2023

The ‘What Kids Are Reading Report 2023’, exclusively from Renaissance, features Renaissance Star Reading and Accelerated Reader data from almost 6,500 schools and 1,300,000 students.

Now in its 15th year, this report remains the country’s most in-depth analysis of the books read and enjoyed by primary and secondary-age children over the entire school year, including:

Demographic segmentation

Specific breakdowns by region, gender and year group

Unveiling literary favorites

Discover the most popular authors and books

Gaining Perspective

Insights from the National Literacy Trust on student attitudes towards books and reading

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Our suite of solutions for primary schools in the UK offers streamlined assessment, personalised learning, and reduced teacher workload. With products like Accelerated Reader, Renaissance Star Assessments, myON, Freckle, and Nearpod, teachers can quickly identify learning gaps, tailor instruction, and engage pupils. Our solutions promote equity and inclusivity, bridging the achievement gap and unlocking student potential.

Star Assessments

Computer-adaptive Star Assessments for reading and maths are used by over 7,000 schools across the UK and Ireland

Star Reading

Star Reading is a complete online assessment of your students’ reading growth. It shows you the skills they have mastered aligned with the National Curriculum.

Star Maths

Star Maths is a complete online assessment of your students’ mathematical skills, testing 50 skill areas in ten domains.

Star Early Literacy

Star Early Literacy allows you to accurately and reliably assess 41 skill sets in ten critical literacy and numeracy domains.

Accelerated Reader

Motivate, monitor, and manage student’s independent reading practice with Accelerated Reader and watch as students develop a genuine love for reading.


A multimedia, cross-curricular teaching and learning tool that helps students/pupils acquire the essential skills to become fluent readers.


Deliver engaging, differentiated maths practice and reward achievement.


Get real-time insights into student understanding through interactive lessons, interactive videos, gamification, and activities — all in a single platform.

Renaissance Consultancy

We offer various services, from single-school data insights to whole-trust support. Our mission is to help you implement and embed Renaissance products with success.

Freckle will adapt and tailor tasks to the unique needs of each student without requiring staff to change our lesson planning drastically.

Having seen the positive impact, AR can have at another school; I knew this meant utilising the abundance of data and insight AR and Star Reading provide.

For reluctant readers and those who aren’t typically enthusiastic about reading, myON is an amazing tool.


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