Resources for leveling books:
The Wright Group publishing company has developed many books written at this level.
Rigby has published a series called Literacy 2000 with many books at this level as well.
My Class – J. Stewart
At the Zoo – Carol Kloes
Dig, Dig – Leslie Wood
Books at Level A focus on a single idea or topic. All of the writing is supported by the pictures
included. There are 1-4 words per page. The writing consists of easy, one syllable words.
The Wright Group and Rigby are good resources for books written at this level.
Here's Skipper – L. Salem
Honk! - Sue Smith
Colors in the City – K. Urmston
Hats Around the World – Liza, Charlesworth
Books at Level B are very similar to Level A books. There may be a slight increase in the number of
words on each page. Some repetition may be seen (for example, each page starts with the same
When I Grow Up – Jo S. Kittinger
Shadows – Deanna Calvert
All Fall Down – Brian Wildsmith
Cool Off – Nellie Diaz
In the City – Susana Pasternac
It's Football Time – Diana Geddes
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? - Eric Carle
Books at Level C are realistic fiction or simple factual texts. There are some simple animal fantasy
stories written at this level. Authors use simple narratives with several episodes, so a pattern is seen in
the writing from page to page. Simple plurals and contractions may also be used.
The Chick and the Duckling – Mirra Ginsburg
Dirty Harry – Rookie Readers
Fast Draw Freddie – Rookie Readers
Footprints in the Snow – Cynthia Benjamin
Bears in the Night – Stan and Jan Berenstain
Books at level D have 3-8 words per page, with 2-3 lines of text per page. The writing is done in
complete sentences. There is a repetitive pattern you can see on most pages. The author uses very
predictable language and writes about familiar topics.
Mrs. Wishy-Washy, Wishy Washy Day – Joy Cowley
Books at Level E have an average of 6-8 words per page. The writing is in complete sentences. There
is a repetitive pattern in the middle of each sentence with a 2-4 word change per page. Dialogue is
introduced at this level. There is a high text to picture correspondence.
A Bug, a Bear and a Boy – David McPhail
Freddie's Spaghetti – R. H. Doyle
Hooray for Snail – John Stadler
A Dark, Dark Tale – Ruth Brown
Books at Level F continue to have a repetitive nature to them. Text placement on the page begins to
vary. There is a clear sequence to the story, but the reader relies less on the pictures to be successful.
One Monday Morning – Uri Shulevit
Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs – Byron Barton
Each Peach Pear Plum – Allan and Janet Ahlberg
Nicky Upstairs and Downstairs – Harriet Ziefert
Books at Level G also continue to follow a pattern, but there may be up changes in each sentence.
Factual books include labels, simple tables, charts and section headings. A variety of type styles and
sizes is also introduced.
Danny and the Dinosaur go to Camp – Syd Hoff
Building a House – Byron Barton
Dream in the Wishing Well – R. V. Allen
George Shrinks – William Joyce
Books at Level H have less repetition with dialogue being used. Authors use more complex
vocabulary. Multi-syllable words are introduced along with easy compound words. There can be from
3-8 lines of text per page. Readers will rely less on the pattern of the text and word order changes from
page to page.
Just going to the Dentist – M. Mayer
Just me and my Babysitter/Dad/Little Brother/Little Sister – M. Mayer
Mr. Putter and Tabby stories – C. Rylant
Froggy Goes to School – J. London
Books at Level I begin to use a variety of dialogue between two or more characters. There are 10 or
more words per sentence. Some chapter books are introduced at this level. Sometimes authors use
more than one point of view at this level. Patterns in the text are usually not seen at this level and
higher. Pictures are only moderately supporting the text.
Henry and Mudge: Puddle Trouble, Sparkle Days, Get the Shivers, Take the Big Test – C. Rylant
Fox all Week, Fox at School, Fox in Love – Edward Marshall
Fox and his Friends, Fox be Nimble, Fox Steals Home – James Marshall
Franklin is Bossy, Franklin Plays the Game, Franklin's Bad Day – Bourgeois and Clark
Books at Level J include more beginning chapter books. Multiple episodes are included that take place
over time. Words with prefixes and suffixes are used. In nonfiction texts, there are more complex
illustrations as well as some new content that children would typically not know.
Frog and Toad, Frog and Toad all Year, Frog and Toad are Friends – Arnold Lobel
If You Give a Moose a Muffin – L. Numeroff
It Could Still be a Bird, It Could Still be a Cat, It Could Still be a Fish – Allen Fowler
Arthur Babysits, Arthur's Honey Bear, Arthur's Loose Tooth, Arthur's Pen Pal – Lillian Hoban
Baby Sister for Francis, Bargain for Francis – Russell Hoban
Books at Level K include chapter books with up to 100 pages, with many two and three syllable words
and words with complex letter/sound relationships. The multi-syllable words may be difficult to break
apart and decode. There are long stretches of text without illustrations. Nonfiction texts include table
of contents, heads, glossaries and chapter titles.
Miss Nelson is Back, Miss Nelson is Missing – Harry Allard
Young Helen Keller – Anne Benjamin
Young Jackie Robinson – Edward Farrell
Horrible Harry Series - Suzy Kline
Amelia Bedelia books – Peggy Parish
Cam Jansen books – David Adler
Books at Level L include fiction texts with a minimal number of illustrations, or no illustrations at all.
There are many lines of print seen on each page. Children may require background knowledge to
understand the new content they are reading about. Nonfiction will also include some content that is
challenging and not typically known by students reading at this level.
Picture Book of A. Lincoln, Picture book of A. Earhart – David Adler
Junie B. Jones series – Barbara Park
Magic Tree House series – Mary Pope Osborne
Boxcar Children series – G. C. Warner
Henry and Beezus, Henry and Ribsy, Henry Huggins, Henry and the Clubhouse – Beverly Cleary
Books at Level M have text that is carried by the print instead of the pictures. Illustrations in a
nonfiction text would support the content or extend a reader's understanding of the context written.
Fiction texts use multiple points of view shown through character behaviors or dialogue. There are
some words with more than three syllables, and a variety of complex spelling patterns is seen.
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