Spotlight on Downloadable Material

Old fashioned glasses on top of an open bookA recent study by Renaissance Learning suggests that required reading for American students has become less complex over the last hundred years. According to their report, complexity is determined by vocabulary difficulty, word length and sentence length but not more difficult to define, quantitative content such as plot, theme or sub-text. Below you’ll find a list of the top five most popular assigned books for 1907 and 2012. Many of these books are available as easy-to-download eBooks or audiobooks from the Library’s Media on Demand service. Check a couple out and decide for yourself. You can also download the full report, What Kids are Reading, which includes much more information, including grade school reading statistics and thoughts on why kids choose their recreational reading materials.

1907
Julius Caesar by  William Shakespeare (eBook)
Macbeth by William Shakespeare (eBook)
Silas Marner by George Eliot
Milton's Minor Poems by John Milton
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare (Audio)

2012
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Crucible by Arthur Miller (eBook)
Night by Elie Wiesel (Audio)
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (eBook)
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (Audio)