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).
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.
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.”
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.
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