Reading Inventories

Student interest  reading surveys are an important way to find out information about your students that you may not know yet.  They can be a great tool to help you plan instruction, find motivating texts to add to your classroom library, and to reach those students that just may not seem interested.  The only thing size does not fit all.  We all have different kids, different ages, and different needs.  One inventory that I may find extremely useful, someone down the hall may not like at all!  So I wanted to search for different reading inventories that are free.  Hopefully, you will find one that works for you and your students.

This inventory is simple and geared towards younger students. I created it with my first graders in mind.  I knew that I was going to read the questions aloud and needed simple answers.

This inventory comes from Young Teacher Love.  It is geared towards upper elementary students.
This one comes from Ginger Snaps.  I would say that it is for students that have read a wide range of genres and would understand the different types that she lists in the inventory.

This inventory comes from Ms. D's Literacy Lab.  She recommends that it is for grades 2 and up.

Leslye Tilton created this inventory.  I like the layout of it and find it to be user friendly.  She suggests 1st through 6th grade for this one.

Creative Connections created an inventory for younger students that has graphics instead of written answers.

Smekens Education created these inventories.  This one is for grades 3-5.  When I downloaded it, I found that the layout is inviting and easy on the eyes.  I liked this one a lot.

This one is for 6th-12th students.

If you have an inventory that you find helpful, please leave the link in the comments!  We would love to look at it and try it out.


  1. Em, these are great reading inventories. I especially like the Smekens Education survey. It is just perfect for my third-fifth graders. I'm so excited to use it!
    Read With Me ABC

    1. I am so glad!!! I am going to a professional development with that company next month. I hope it is just as helpful :)

    2. Ooooh! I can't wait to hear all about it. :)

  2. Thank you for this awesome resource of reading inventories! They will come in handy as I figure out what books would be perfect for my students to read!

    Reading Toward the Stars

    1. I am so glad that you can use them. We just did ours today (plus a math one) and it was a lot of fun to hear their answers!

  3. Thanks for putting all of these resources in one place!

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