Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions, we can help! Listed below are commonly asked Book Adventure questions.

Registration/Account Information

Why do I need to register?

Registering lets users create their own Book Adventure accounts. Once an account is created, we can help kids keep track of all of the points they earn so they can win prizes and allow parents and teachers to access primary site features such as prize approval, account information and reports.

What's a User Name?

A user name is the made-up name that you pick when you register. Unlike your real name, it can be anything you want, just make sure it is unique. We have a lot of users on the site, so be creative when choosing your user name.

What do I do if I forget my password?

If you forget your password, simply click on the "Forget Password?" link in the log in box area and follow the directions.You'll be asked to select the type of Book Adventure account you have and then to enter your name and user name (or email address if you are a parent or teacher). Then, you'll see your password hint or hint question to help you log in to the site. Please remember: always select a user name and password that you will remember, and record it in a secure place.

When registering, I keep getting the message: "Sorry that user name is already in use. Please select another." What does that mean?

We currently have several million registered users, so you will need to be creative in choosing a user name. Try adding a number to the end of your name – like your birth year or the last 4 digits of your phone number (example: Elvis1980). Or, try re-arranging your name (example: PresleyElvis or PresleyElvisA or PresleyEA). Be as creative as you can.

If you need additional help, visit the following website: Choose the type of user name you'd like and click the “Generate” button. Keep clicking the “generate” button until you find an interesting user name.

When registering, I get the message: "There is someone else registered with that email address. Please select another." What does that mean?

When you receive that message, it means you are already registered with Book Adventure. To obtain your log in information, click on the "Forget Password?" link in the log in box area and follow the on-screen instructions. Please remember: always select a user name and password that you will remember, and record it in a secure place.

Why must a parent's e-mail address be submitted?

A parent's e-mail address lets us know where to send messages in order to ask for approval on all prize requests. When a parent's e-mail address is submitted, we can tell them that their child has registered at Book Adventure; once the parent registers, the child can start redeeming prizes! (Remember that a kid can still play without a parent's e-mail address, they just will not be able to win the prizes that need their parent's approval.)

My e-mail address has changed. How do I update my account with the new e-mail address?

You can update your e-mail address, along with the rest of your information, in your profile. To update your e-mail address, log in to your Book Adventure account and click on the "My Profile" link within the light blue bar at the top of the page. Find the e-mail address fields and update appropriately with the new information. Remember to click "Save" when you’ve finished making your changes!

When I try to log in, I keep getting an "Invalid Credentials" message. What do I need to do?

First make sure you have correctly spelled your user name and password. If you not remember your correct password, simply click on the "Forget Password?" link in the log in box area and follow the directions.You'll be asked to select the type of Book Adventure account you have and then to enter your name and user name (or email address if you are a parent or teacher). Then, you'll see your password hint or hint question to help you log in to the site. Please remember: always select a user name and password that you will remember, and record it in a secure place.

If you are still unable to enter the site, please fill out this help form with your name, user name, and any other account information you know to help us assist you.

How do I link my home playing student's account to my parent account?

The key to linking a parent and home playing student's account is the email address. Make sure the email address is the same on both the parent and child's profile pages. To check what email account is listed on an account and make updates, log in to your Book Adventure account and click on the "My Profile" link located within the light blue bar near the top of the page. Find the e-mail address fields and make any necessary updates. Remember to click "Save" when you’ve finished making your changes!

How can I limit the grade level of books my child/students are quizzing on?

Within your Parent or Teacher account, you can adjust the quiz settings for your kids.

To change the quiz level settings on a parent account:

  1. Log in to your parent account.
  2. Click on the "My Profile" link located within the light blue bar near the top of the page.
  3. Click on the second tab labeled "Student Account(s)."
  4. At the top of the page, check the "Select" box for the student whose settings you would like to change.
  5. Click the "Edit Quiz Settings" button.
  6. Adjust the "Minimum Grade Level" and "Maximum Grade Level" drop-downs
  7. Click the "Apply Changes" button to save your changes.

To change the quiz level settings on a teacher account:

  1. Log in to your teacher account.
  2. Click on the "Classes" link located within the light blue bar near the top of the page.
  3. Select the class for which you would like to alter the quiz settings - you can then choose to apply the changes to the entire class or only select students.
  4. Click the "Edit Quiz Settings" button.
  5. Adjust the "Minimum Grade Level" and "Maximum Grade Level" drop-downs
  6. Select the students to which the grade level changes should apply.
  7. Click the "Apply Changes" button to save your changes.

What's a Class Name?

When a teacher registers, he or she chooses a "Class Name" for the whole class to use. That way, when a student starts quizzing and earning prizes, their teacher can see how well they are doing, and we know who to ask for prize approval.

Why does a Class Name need to be submitted?

When a class name is submitted, we can tell the teacher that a student has registered at Book Adventure. He or she can then see how the student is doing and approve their prize requests.

How can I delete my account?

To delete an account, please send a request with your user name and password to our help desk. Please remember, once your account has been deleted, any points or information associated with your account is deleted forever. If you would like to use the Book Adventure account in the future, you would need to re-register.

The Workings of the Book Adventure Site

I want to learn more about Book Adventure. Is there anything I can print out?

Definitely! The homepage, Kid's Zone, Parent's Place, and Teacher's Lounge areas of the site allow a visitor to browse the various features Book Adventure offers. Additionally, the Book Adventure Tour serves as a quick and informative introduction to Book Adventure, showing its features and functionality. It can be printed out, giving you a reference that details Book Adventure's goals and activities while showing what its user experience entails.

What system and software do we need to use Book Adventure?

Book Adventure is optimized to work with Internet Explorer 7.0 and up. Some functionality may be inoperable on other browsers. So, if you are experiencing any problems with the Book Adventure site, we recommend logging in via Internet Explorer.

To register, you must have your browser's configuration set to allow cookies. Although the browser will automatically create session cookies when you log onto the site, Book Adventure does not use them for any purpose other than to associate user data with the correct user. No information other than the information entered by you during the registration process, your quiz scores, and prize requests is maintained by Book Adventure.

How do I exit the Book Adventure site entirely to end the current user's session?

To log off entirely from the site, click on the "Log Out" link at the top right of the screen. Or, you can visit another website or close your current Internet Browser.

I have found that the attempt by a second child to enter into Book Adventure simply sends me to the account/main screen of the first child. What should I do?

You must exit Book Adventure entirely. Then, log back on and enter the new user information.

Questions About How to Find a Book

The books I’m searching for on the Book Finder don't seem to be there. (They were on the "old" site.)

The new site has changed the search mechanism and we are still working on optimizing it. The results are sortable by book title, author, reading level and ISBN. You can select how many results you would like to see on the page. You can also search by grade level, level of challenge, fiction/non-fiction and categories.

If you searched by an author, try to input just the author's last name. You can always sort on the results that are returned. If you searched on a book title, try putting the exact name of the book. The closer to the book title you can get, the better your search results will be. If you want books about dolphins, search on "dolphin" without the 's'.

How can I find a really cool book to read?

Register on Book Adventure, go to the Kid's Zone, and then check out the Book Finder! If you know a cool author, you can enter his or her name in the Book Finder search engine - it will find all the kids' books that he or she has written that are on Book Adventure. Or, you can get "Sherlock Bailey" to help you find a book - tell him what grade you're in and what type of books you're interested in and he'll find something great for you to read!

How do I print out a list of books?

Once you've gone to the Book Finder and found some great books to read, you can either use your computer's print function to print the results page directly, or you can click on the "Export to Excel" link above the book list to save your list to your computer.

Can I read books online that I search for at Book Adventure?

Book Adventure does not provide books online. Readers use Book Adventure to create reading lists based on their grade level and interests, then locate the books at their school, home, library, bookstore, or download on an eReader device, and then take quizzes at Book Adventure's Quiz-O-Matic.

Can I suggest books to be added to Book Adventure?

Absolutely! Book Adventure is always working to add additional books and quizzes to its site and encourages readers to send in their suggestions for new titles. To submit your suggestions, please fill out this online form.

How is it determined what grade level the books that are listed on the Book Adventure site are?

Since determining a book’s grade level is not an exact science, we use several sources: School Library Journal, Follett and the recommendations of the publisher.

Thank You for Your Interest in Becoming a Quiz Creator for Book Adventure!

Book Adventure is a free Internet-based reading motivation program dedicated to encouraging students in grades K to 8 to read. There are currently over 8,000 book titles and quizzes available for students to use, but we need your help to grow that library with more current and popular books! Please review the following guide to see if you’re interested in helping us grow Book Adventure!

How Book Adventure Works

Students from a broad range of educational and social backgrounds will be using Book Adventure in schools, libraries, and at home. Students can search the Book Adventure database for a book title or author using the Book Finder. Once they read the book off-line, they come back to the site to take a multiple choice quiz on that book. The quizzes are graded and points accumulated in an individual's account for quiz scores at or above 80 or 90 percent (depending on the book’s grade level)1. Accumulated points are later redeemable for prizes on the Web site.

How You Can Help

Growing the book selection and writing questions for each book title are critical parts of the ongoing expansion of the Book Adventure program. We need Quiz Creators to help us do that! A larger selection of titles and quizzes for student in grades K to 8 increases the likelihood that children will read more. We request that Quiz Creators develop positive questions that can be answered easily based on a careful reading of the book. At least 30 percent of the questions for grades 3 to 8 quizzes be a style other than detail or recall (see examples below for the 5 questioning categories). For quizzes created for grades K to 2 this will be a harder to do given the limited number of pages and subject matter; however, whenever possible, please provide some variety of questioning types. Quizzes that do not meet these criteria will be returned to the Quiz Creator for revisions.

Question Guidelines

When a student goes to the "Quiz-o-Matic" section of Book Adventure and requests a quiz on one of the books he or she has read, the student receives a randomly selected group of questions:

  • For grades K - 2, the child will see five questions at one time.
  • For grades 3 - 8, they will see ten questions.
  • A student can take each quiz two times, keeping his or her highest score.
In order to provide a variety of questions, quiz question requirements are:
  • Quizzes for grades K - 2 require 15 questions
  • Quizzes for grades 3 - 8 require 25 questions
Quiz creating guidelines:
  • Be sure each of your questions is a question and that it ends with a question mark.
  • Answers and distracters should begin with a capital letter and be a phrase or complete sentence, no one-word answers.
  • Please edit your questions, answers, and distracters for spelling, punctuation, and syntax.
  • Do not write "fill in the blank" questions.
  • Do not write "all of the above" questions.
  • All questions will not be presented in the order you have written them, and therefore cannot be dependent on, or built on, one another. The website will sort questions randomly.
  • Choose your vocabulary based on the grade level of the book and be sure it is related to the book.
  • Children will frequently not have the book when they take the test. Do not ask them to identify pictures, or illustrations.
  • Do not ask them to identify the author or the title of the book.
Note that all quizzes will be reviewed by an editor. Quizzes will not be approved if they do not meet the above requirements.

Question Formatting

Questions should be written for basic reading comprehension. There are five elements that should be included in each quiz:

  1. Main Idea and Detail: These questions require students to identify the main idea or topic of the book or to provide details that support it. These are Who, What, Where, When, or How questions.
  2. Open ended questions should begin with or include the following: What is __? How did___ happen? When did __ happen?

    (Student Competence = Knowledge)

    What is this book about?
    a) What people do when they first come to America
    b) How the West was won
    c) Learning how to deal with new cultures
    d) A journey to a new land

    (These are not complete sentences so a period is not necessary.)

  3. Constructing Meaning/Comprehension: This is an opportunity to demonstrate understanding of facts and ideas by organizing, comparing, translating or providing a description. Some ideas are related by sequence or time order. Questions could ask Which event happened first? or What happened next? Cause and effect are meaning questions, such as Why did someone do something? Sequence questions should include the words first, next, or later. Cause and effect questions should use words or phrases in the answers such as because, as a result, and since. We want children to explain what was meant or select the best definition or description.

    (Student Competence = Comprehension)

    Example 1:
    Which event happened first?
    a) Jim went to the doctor.
    b) Jim went to bed.
    c) Jim began to sneeze.
    d) Jim ate some dinner.

    Example 2:
    Why did Jim name his kitten Eve?
    a) Because she made him sneeze.
    b) Because she was dark as the evening sky.
    c) Because she liked to sneeze.
    d) Because she stayed up all night.
  4. Evaluating Information: An example of evaluating information is choosing something that is fact versus opinion or comparing and contrasting situations or ideas. Another example is to ask the child to decide why an author might have written a story or identifying motives or causes in the story. Key words are analyze, compare, contrast, simplify, list, judge, explain, or select.

    (Student Competence = Analysis)

    Example 1:
    Why do you think J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter?
    a) To teach about pilots
    b) To teach about a wizard boy
    c) To teach about going to school
    d) To teach about history

    Example 2:
    Which sentence is true?
    a) Harry Potter was an orphan.
    b) Harry Potter was raised by his mother and father.
    c) Harry Potter was born with no parents.
    d) Harry Potter was a cat.
  5. Literary Elements: Characters, Setting, Plot, Conflict, Theme, etc.: These questions might be about who the main characters were, how the characters felt about something that happened, or what kind of person the character was, etc. (e.g., Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web was a generous & kind animal, a shy and reserved animal, a lazy and boring animal, etc). Some words to think about with these questions are Define and Describe, Which One, or What is Best, etc. Questions related to setting, plot, and conflict should assess students’ knowledge of the role these elements play within the narrative as a whole (i.e.: How does the time in which the story is set influence the characters' actions? How does the character change as a result of the conflict? What is the conflict in the story? What type of conflict does the character endure?) Theme questions can require students to identify the moral or message in a book.

    (Competence = Knowledge)

    Example 1:
    How did Wilbur feel when he first met Charlotte?
    a) He felt scared.
    b) He felt angry.
    c) He felt confused.
    d) He felt excited.

    Example 2:
    What causes Epimetheus to leave?
    a) Zeus signals to him.
    b) Epimetheus is afraid of the box.
    c) Pandora is too curious.
    d) Hermes plays a joke on him.
  6. Vocabulary Usage: Use a potentially new or challenging word from the book in your questions. We want children to be reading for vocabulary and word recognition improvement as well as for enjoyment.

    What did Harry Potter mean when he said it was "serendipitous" that he ran into Hagar?
    a) It was a pleasant surprise.
    b) It was unfortunate.
    c) It was totally planned.
    d) It was funny.

    If you need assistance when considering higher-level questions, visit Bloom’s Taxonomy at

Registering as a Quiz Creator

To create quizzes for the Book Adventure site, you need to first register as a Quiz Creator. To do so:

  1. Go to:
  2. Click the "Register Now" link
  3. Complete the form in its entirety choosing the user type of "Quiz Creator."
After you've registered, you will first need to be approved as a Quiz Creator. You will receive an email informing you that you have been approved in about 3-5 business days.

Selecting Books and Creating Quizzes

After you’ve been approved as a Quiz Creator, follow these steps for Selecting a Book:

Click here for a "how to" guide that you can print.

  1. Log in with your account information to the same site where you originally registered:
  2. Your "Activity Queue" will show you any books you are currently working on. In order to choose a new book, click on the “Display Unassigned” and hit return or "Apply".
  3. Scroll through the books that have been suggested by the public to see which ones you are familiar with and can write a quiz for.
  4. Once you select a book, click on the book icon under the "Action" column on the right.
  5. Fill in the required information for the book and make sure to assign yourself as the Quiz Creator in the "Assigned QC:" drop box.
  6. Hit "Save and Submit for Approval". The request will be sent to a Book Adventure administrator and will need to be approved. This might take 3-5 business days.

    * NOTE - you can also make a book suggestion yourself and create a quiz for that book. Click here to make a suggestion.

After your book has been approved, you will receive an email notification, and then you can follow these steps for Creating a Quiz:

  1. Log in with your account information to
  2. Your "Activity Queue" will show you the books you have been assigned.
  3. Click on the question mark icon under the "Action" column.
  4. You will be taken to the Quiz Edit page. Click on the "Add a Question" button.
  5. Enter your question, answer and three distracter answers. Make sure to follow the guidelines provided above.
  6. Click "Save and Add" until you enter the required number of questions.
    • Quizzes for grades K - 2 require 15 questions
    • Quizzes for grades 3 - 8 require 25 questions
  7. When you are done with the required number of questions, click on the “Back to Question List” at the bottom of the page.
  8. You will then be at the main home page where you will click on the “Release Quiz” button.
Your quiz will then be sent to an editor for review. You will be notified if your quiz needs additional editing or if it has been approved. This might take 5-10 business days.

Once approved, the quiz will be live and ready for students to take!

Click here for a "how to" guide that you can print.
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