Choosing books by reading level

 leveled reading chartCompare the reading levels in our collection with those used in local school reading programs

 

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How the books in our Children's Library are organized by reading level:

 

Pre-K - Kindergarten  /  Pre Readers

"Easy Reader"   (Yellow w/ Blue Label)

These books are the easiest beginning readers with a few words to each page (almost always on the left hand page), single syllable words, only 1 or 2 likes of text, large print, repetitive and rhyming text, very little punctuation, a short story, and large illustrations (on the right hand page).

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Kindergarten - grade 1  /    Emergent Readers 

"Easy Reader"   (Yellow w/ Green Label)

These books introduce more difficult words, words with multiple syllables, more text on each page, more complex sentences, up to 8 lines of text on each page, a wider variety of punctuation, smaller print size, and text in different places (top, bottom, left page, right page),
still has much illustration.

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Grades 1-2 / Early Readers

"Easy Reader"  (Yellow w/ Purple Label)

These books have more text and less illustrations, may even have some chapter breaks in the story, smaller print and spacing, stories with sub-plots, more action and genre, text in “quotations.”

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Grades 2-3 /  Fluent Readers

"Older Reader"    (Orange Label)

These books are beginning chapter books.  They have mostly all text and only a few illustrations (one or two per chapter), more literary structure and genres, more challenging themes and ideas, series books and extended episodes, more complex vocabulary.

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Grades 4-6 / Advanced Readers

"Tweens"    (Light Blue Label)

These books are advanced chapter books for older, more mature readers with longer stories and more advanced vocabulary 

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