Reading Interest Inventories

If only all of our students were such eager readers!

My school has a daily time for guided reading groups where all students, school wide, go to different teachers for leveled and skill focused instruction based on their needs. Every teacher, from classroom to support to specialists, has a group so class sizes can be small and impact can be maximum. I have some reluctant readers this quarter, and I want to make sure that I maximize my time with them. I want to start the new quarter and new group of students with a reading interest inventory, so I spent my afternoon looking for just the right one. I thought I’d share some of them with you, in case you are looking.



  • This inventory is the one that I chose for my class of 5th graders. I like how it gives me a chance to assess some of their writing, informally, of course. It also covers reading habits, topics of interest and gives the child a voice.
  • This particular choice is also easy to read and fill out, but it allows for choice and independence by the student. I’d definitely use it for 4th graders and above.
  • This inventory for high schoolers looks great, too; but it is “advanced.” Students who are reluctant readers at that level may not want to fill out all of the questions, but the line of questioning they take is intuitive.
  • The last page of this packet has an inventory that focuses on attitudes about reading in different situations. It would definitely be good to do for students who you suspect have negative attitudes toward reading. It could also easily be done as a “read aloud” to a whole class at any point. You could use it as a pre- and post- test throughout the year, in the hopes that attitudes about reading have improved.
  • Professor Garfield offers another option that covers attitudes about reading in a way that might be appealing to younger ones. The scoring guide and background information are definitely useful, too.