The Contemporary Reader

Grade Levels: 6-12

You can count on this diverse collection to provide stories of interest for every reader. The Contemporary Reader is a three-volume series of hard-to-resist nonfiction selections covering a broad range of contemporary and historical topics. The lower readability levels make the series perfect for reluctant readers. The Teacher Resource Book provides additional projects for you to photocopy (like crossword puzzles), while audio cassettes or CDs give students professional models of fluent oral reading.

The Contemporary Reader


  • Lively and contemporary nonfiction motivates even the most struggling readers
  • Vocabulary and comprehension emphasis improves content-area reading skills
  • Compact digest format is appealing to readers

High-interest, low-readability nonfiction explores interesting topics including:

  • The history of pants
  • Building a budget
  • Women in the military
  • The musical Marsalis family
  • Deepwater fish
  • Fears and phobias
  • The Ben and Jerry story
  • The Trail of Tears
  • How laughter can make you healthy

...and many more!