Blue Ribbon Reading Roadmaps - Exclusively for Blue Ribbon Partner Schools

Take a tour of the United States with Blue Ribbon Books on Tour! Get started on the road to reading and create your student's Reading Roadmap from the Blue Ribbon Awards Collection with just a few simple steps!

What makes the Blue Ribbon Awards Collection unique? Each of the over 3000 titles have been nominated for at least one state reading award. By compiling state award lists from around the country, Blue Ribbon offers the combined knowledge of thousands of reading professionals in one simple, easy to use resource. Blue Ribbon Reading Roadmaps are like a professional librarian in your pocket!

By surrounding students with great books at school and home our goal is to help educators and parents raise literacy levels around the country. Reading Roadmaps are a great way to encourage students to build literacy into their lives.

Reading Roadmaps are an exclusive benefit of Blue Ribbon Reading. If your school is not a Blue Ribbon Partner, and you would like to use our proprietary database, please contact us for other options.


  1. Create your profile.
  2. Build your own Recommended Reading Roadmap from the Blue Ribbon Awards Database. Then help your students build theirs.
  3. Make sure to click the box to make your list public so students and families can explore your Roadmap.
  4. Do your students know their Lexile reading levels? Total Reader offers free assessments. There are conversion charts for other reading level assessments.
  5. Communicate the link to your classroom community.


  1. With the help of your parent, guardian or teacher, find your Lexile assessment.We recommend Total Reader.
  2. With the help of your parent, guardian or teacher, create your own profile.
  3. Create your Reading Roadmap from over 3000 award nominated titles.
  4. Up for a real adventure? Complete the Books on Tour Challenge!


Readola Readathons are a great way to encourage reading at home. Here are some tips to make the most of the opportunity. SPECIAL NOTE: Some upper level books contain advanced concepts, language and situations. Please review your student's list for material not appropriate for their age or your guidance.

  1. Help your student establish their profile.
  2. Take charge of your student's literacy levels throughout their education. Use a service such as Total Reader to reassess your student periodically.
  3. Participate with your student - create your own Roadmap and read along!
  4. Take a moment to review the books your student selects. You may want to come up with a short list of questions to ask about the books your student completes. Here's a sample (excerpt from
  5. Track Your Student's Progress!

Talking to your children about the books they read is one of the best ways to support your child’s literacy development. Your child needs to engage in critical thinking to discuss a book — a key skill for success in school as well as life. Here are some tips on how to start and sustain a book discussion with your child:

Before your child reads a book, ask:

  • Why did you select this book?
  • What makes you think this book is going to be interesting?
  • What do you think the book is going to be about?
  • Does this book remind you of anything else you’ve already read or seen?
  • What kind of characters do you think will be in the book?
  • What do you think is going to happen?

While your child is reading a book, try asking:

  • Will you catch me up on the story? What’s happened so far?
  • What do you think will happen next?
  • If you were that character, what would you have done differently in that situation?
  • If the book was a TV show, which actors would you cast in it?
  • Where is the book set?
  • If the main character in that story lived next door, would you be friends?
  • What does the place look like in your head as you read? Would you want to visit there?
  • Did you learn any new words or facts so far?

After your child has finished a book, ask questions like:

  • What was your favorite part of the book? Why?
  • Who was your favorite character? Why?
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned from the book?
  • Why do you think the author wrote this book?
  • Would you have ended the book differently? Did it end the way you thought it would?
  • Did the problem of the book’s plot get solved?
  • If you could change one thing in the book, what would it be?