• Resources for leveling books:

    Level A
    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.

    Level B
    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

    Level C
    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.

    Level D
    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.

    Level E
    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.

    Level F
    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.

    Level G
    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.

    Level H
    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.

    Level I
    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.

    Level J
    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.

    Level K
    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.

    Level L
    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.

    Level M
    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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