Classroom Libraries

ARC offers a curated collection of texts that build content and vocabulary knowledge through reading, writing, listening, speaking, and language. Each text has been hand-selected by our expert staff through a rigorous review that uses content guidelines for age appropriateness. Wherever we've found gaps in the market, our in-house publisher ARC Press creates award-winning quality texts in English and Spanish that keep readers informed and engaged.

Available Collections

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Wide Reading Classroom Libraries

Each wide reading classroom library is designed to pull every student into reading. Not every reader will like every book, but every reader will find some desirable books in every basket and some new favorite authors, series, genres, and interests to pursue.

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Thematic Text Sets

Thematic units focused on Social Studies, Science, or a literary genre immerse students in high–information texts and meaningful content that build the prior knowledge needed to be more effective readers and learners.

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Decodable Text Anthologies

ARC's Decodable Text Anthologies are highly-controlled, knowledge-building, and aligned to the ARC Core Scope & Sequence. They provide additional practice in new texts for specific foundational skills.

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Hook Book Collections

Hook Book Collections offer you the books most enthusiastically read by our most reluctant readers. These collections are carefully curated to include the types of books every classroom library needs to nurture the enjoyment of reading and development of students in each grade.

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Best Books Collections

Writer, speaker, and well–respected educator Dr. Pedro Noguera has partnered with ARC to create independent reading collections hand–selected from the best fiction, nonfiction, and poetry available on the publishing market.

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Be the Book Collections

Best–selling author and education advocate Dr. Jeffrey Wilhelm partners with ARC in curating classroom libraries to support his research. Dr. Wilhelm has devoted his career to helping teachers engage students with texts. Each collection includes 100 titles hand–selected from 250+ publishers based on the work of Dr. Wilhelm.

What Sets ARC Collections Apart?

Book Selection
Book Selection
Book Selection

Unlike traditional publishers, ARC continuously reviews the best books from 250+ publishers worldwide. The ARC team assesses books for quality, content, representation, and age appropriateness. With ARC, you can be sure that you are always getting the best books currently available.

Our in-house publisher, ARC Press®, creates content-rich, engaging science and social studies titles in an assortment of literary genres.This variety fills gaps for rigorous, diverse text across a range of complexities. All our ARC Press titles are published in both English and Spanish.

Text Complexity Evaluation
Text Complexity Evaluation
Text Complexity Evaluation

ARC separately evaluates text content and complexity using the IRLA Leveling System to ensure that students of all ages receive high-interest, age-appropriate titles.

Sorting Process
Sorting Process
Sorting Process

Once evaluated, books are sorted into collections to meet a wide variety of instructional needs. All ARC collections are balanced to provide:

  • Kid appeal
  • Content–rich & knowledge–building texts
  • Multiperspective, multicultural texts
  • High–quality fiction & nonfiction titles
Your Purchase Order Is Received
Your Purchase Order Is Received
Your Purchase Order Is Received

Your purchase order is processed. Books are ordered and collections are assembled.

Classroom Preparation
Classroom Preparation
Classroom Preparation

Collections are packed and delivered classroom-ready for easy distribution to schools, classrooms, and individual students.

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With more than 1,200 books written in English and Spanish, ARC Press offers students an abundance of choice. ARC Press books are designed for beginning readers and illustrated with bold, engaging images and artwork. Regardless of age or first language, ARC Press books bridge the gap between listening to books read by others and reading independently.

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