Crossbow Reading Rulers Review

When it comes to textbooks, keeping your place while reading and staying focused and alert can be a challenge for students of all ages. Whether a student struggles with significant visual or reading issues or not, eye strain when consuming information in any subject is a common problem.

Crossbow Education specializes in tools that address reading issues for anyone, and especially for those who struggle with dyslexia or other special needs. As part of the Old SchoolHouse Review Crew, I received a set of 10 colored Eye Level Reading Rulers that NerdGirl and I took for a month-long test drive.

The rulers are 3″ by 8″ slips of colored plastic that are divided into 2 sides: a 1/2″ window for zeroing in on a sentence at a time, and a 1 3/4″ window for paragraph reading. The rulers come in 10 colors: yellow, celery, grass, jade, aqua, sky, purple, magenta, pink, and orange.

The first thing we did was decide which color or colors we preferred. From there we used those color(s) while reading textbooks and other books. NerdGirl found that she favored the grass green color above all, while I bounced among yellow, celery, and orange, depending on the lighting in the room, the color of my book’s pages, and my mood.

NerdGirl has a significant prescription for glasses for both reading and distance. She used the ruler primarily for reading her post-secondary history text assignments – approximately 40-50 pages per week. She actually noticed a difference in her reading experience right away.

  • She found that it was easier to focus.
  • The ruler guides the reader so that she focuses on one thing at a time – it limited the temptation to be distracted by other things on the page.

NerdGirl said she also found that

  • She comprehended the content faster and retained the information better.
  • She didn’t feel like she needed to go back and reread the same paragraph again because her mind had a sharper focus the first time through.

Although I do not use glasses for reading, I found the rulers also made it easier to focus on what I was reading – which was a relaxing sensation, actually. I used the rulers primarily for recreational reading. When reading a book with clear white pages, the rulers cut the glare, and that’s a wonderful thing.

The reading rulers are tools, and as such they do require a certain care when using them. They are easiest to hold when the reader is sitting upright in a chair or at a desk, thus they are not ideal for reading in bed on your side like I am wont to do. ;-) They do not always fit the page of the book perfectly, but one only need to develop the habit of placing the ruler at the inside of the book first and letting it extend off the outer edge. The plastic does scratch, so one must be careful to keep the rulers protected when not in use. It is best to keep them safely between pages at all times; do not just toss them into a pencil case or the bottom of a book bag.

Eye Level Reading Rulers have been so helpful to UK students that they are currently used as a standard reading tool in 40% of UK schools. Crossbow Education is also located here in the US, and they offer a variety of language arts tools for all ages and needs such as full page overlays, magnetic foam letters, computer screen reading rulers, and more. They were nominated as a UK Educational Supplier of the Year in 2011, and I can see why. They seem to have a sharp sense for essential educational tools.

A set of 10 Eye Level Reading Rulers sells for $16.95 per pack. They are an excellent, affordable reading tool for special needs readers, readers with dyslexia, average readers, and just tired, old eyes. ;-)

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Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received this product at no cost to me in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine alone.


  1. I fit in the category of old tired eyes ;) Well tired anyway lol. Nice review and I liked to hear what NerdGirl (ahem, sounds like I’m name-calling! lol) had to say about her experience. I love these things. I use them for *every* thing I read. Crossbow does say you can cut them down to a size you prefer but I personally like they way are and how they are versatile.
    Thanks for the review :)

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Blossom! The rulers actually fit the Apologia science textbooks perfectly! They fit NerdGirl’s (supposedly it’s “cool” to be a “nerdgirl” these days. ;-) ) history text perfectly too, but for reading novels and such, one just needs to practice starting in the crease first.

    Someone recently misplaced my favorite celery ruler. Ahem. I think it was me. I think it’s in a book somewhere, but I don’t remember which one, and I haven’t found it yet!

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