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Book Level -A

This level is called "Pre-A" and indicates that the student is not yet ready to read independently. This level of reader should receive books that are at the introductory level of reading with pictures and simple words and sentences.

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Book Level A

Simple factual texts, animal fantasy and realistic fiction • Picture books • Text and concepts highly supported by pictures   • One line of text on each page • Familiar, easy content • Repeating language patterns • 3‐6 words per page • Short, predictable sentences • Vocabulary familiar to children • Strongly sight‐word based

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Book Level B

Simple factual texts, animal fantasy and realistic fiction • Picture books • Text and concepts highly supported by pictures • Two or more lines of text on each page • Repeating language patterns • 3‐7 words per page • Very familiar themes and ideas • Short, predictable sentences • Almost all vocabulary familiar to children • Strongly sight‐word based

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Book Level C

Simple factual texts, animal fantasy and realistic fiction • Picture books • Amusing one‐dimensional characters • Familiar, easy content • Introduction of dialogue • Greater range of high‐frequency words • Some simple contractions and possessives (words with apostrophes) • Two to five lines of text on each page • Some bolded words • Some ellipses (...), commas, quotation marks, question marks, and exclamation points •Simple plurals •Words with easy spelling patterns

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Book Level D

Simple factual texts, animal fantasy and realistic fiction • Picture books • Amusing one‐dimensional characters • Familiar, easy content, themes, and ideas • Simple dialogue • Some longer sentences (some with more than six words) • Some simple contractions and possessives (words with apostrophes) • Two to six  lines of text on each page • Some sentences turn over to the next line • Some words with –s and –ing endings • Fewer repetitive language patterns

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Book Level E

Simple informational texts, simple animal fantasy, realistic fiction, very simple retellings of traditional tales, simple plays • Familiar content that expands beyond home, neighborhood, and school • More literary stories and language • Concrete, easy‐to‐understand ideas • Some longer sentences – more than ten words • Some three‐syllable words • Variation of words to assign dialogue in some texts (said, cried, shouted) • Easy contractions • Mostly words with easy, predictable spelling patterns • Two to eight lines of print per page • Full range of punctuation

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Book Level F

Simple informational texts, simple animal fantasy, realistic fiction, very simple retellings of traditional tales, simple plays • Familiar content that expands beyond home, neighborhood, and school • Some longer stretches of dialogue • Some longer sentences – more than ten words – with prepositional phrases, adjectives, and dialogue • Illustrations support the text, but do not carry all important aspects of reading • Most texts three to eight lines of text per page • Variety of punctuation • Greater range of vocabulary and multisyllabic words

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Book Level G

Informational texts, simple animal fantasy, realistic fiction, traditional literature (folktales) • Some longer texts with repeating longer and more complex patterns • Longer more complex sentences, consisting of 10 or more words, prepositional phrases, adjectives, compound sentences, and clauses • Familiar content that expands beyond home, neighborhood, and school • Some texts with settings that are not typical of many children’s experience • Some complex letter‐sound relationships in words • Some content‐specific words introduced, explained and illustrated in the text • Complex illustrations depicting multiple ideas • Most texts three to eight lines of print per page • Slightly smaller print •Elaborated descriptions of characters

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Book Level H

Informational texts, simple animal fantasy, realistic fiction, traditional literature (folktales) • Accessible content that expands beyond home, school and neighborhood • Multiple episodes taking place across time • Wide variety in words used to assign dialogue to speaker • Some complex letter‐sound relationships in words • Some complex spelling patterns • Some easy compound words • Most texts with no or only minimal illustrations • More complex and memorable characters • Text that contains multiple points of view revealed through the characters

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Book Level I

Informational texts, simple animal fantasy, realistic fiction, traditional literature (folktales) • Some informational texts with a table of contents and/or a glossary • Narratives with multiple episodes • Underlying organizational structures (description, compare and contrast, problem and solution) • Both familiar content and some new content children may not know • A few abstract concepts that are highly supported by text and illustrations • Longer sentences that can carry over to two or three lines, and some over two pages • Many two‐to‐three‐syllable words from all parts of speech • Some complex spelling patterns • Some complex letter‐sound relationships in words • Eight to sixteen pages of print (some easy chapter books of fifty to sixty pages)

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Book Level J

Informational texts, simple animal fantasy, realistic fiction, traditional literature (folktales), some simple biographies on familiar subjects • Beginning chapter books with illustrations (forty to seventy‐five pages) • Organizational structures used and presented clearly (description, compare and contrast, problem and solution) • Some ideas new to most children • Some texts with settings that are not familiar to most children • Some abstract concepts that are highly supported by text and illustrations • Some complex spelling patterns and letter‐sound relationships in words • Many  lines of print on a page

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Book Level K

Informational texts, simple animal fantasy, realistic fiction, traditional literature (folktales), some simple biographies on familiar subjects • Beginning chapter books (sixty to one hundred pages of print) • Varied organization in nonfiction text formats (question/answer, boxes, legends, etc.) • Some texts with plots, situations, and settings outside what a child would typically find familiar • Longer (more than fifteen words), more complex sentences • Variety of words used to assign dialogue, with verbs and adverbs essential to meaning • Multisyllable words that are challenging to take apart or decode • Longer stretches of print without the support of pictures

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Book Level L

Informational texts, simple fantasy, realistic fiction, traditional literature (folktales), simple biographies, simple mysteries • Underlying organizational structures (description, compare and contrast, problem and solution) • Some technical content that is challenging and not typically known • Some texts with plots, settings, and situations outside typical experience • Multisyllable words that are challenging to take apart or decode • Some new vocabulary and content‐specific words in nonfiction text introduced, explained, and illustrated in the text • New vocabulary in fiction texts (largely unexplained) • Chapter books (sixty to one hundred pages of print)

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Book Level M

Informational texts, simple fantasy, realistic fiction, traditional literature (folktales), simple biographies, simple mysteries • Most of the content carried by print, rather than pictures • Some abstract themes requiring inferential thinking beyond the text • Texts with multiple points of view revealed through characters’ behaviors • Complex plots with numerous episodes and time passing • Multiple characters to understand and notice how they develop and change • Multisyllable words that are challenging to take apart or decode • Some new vocabulary and content‐specific words introduced, explained, and illustrated in the text

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Book Level N

Informational texts, simple fantasy, realistic fiction, traditional literature (folktales), simple biographies, simple mysteries • Presentation of multiple topics that represent subtopic of a larger topic or theme • Various ways of showing characters’ attributes (description, dialogue, thoughts, others’ perspectives) • Complex plots with numerous episodes and time passing • Multiple characters to understand and notice how they develop and change • Variety in sentence length and complexity • Many two‐to‐three‐syllable words; some words with more than three syllables • Multisyllable words that are challenging to take apart or decode • Words with prefixes and suffixes • Some new vocabulary and content‐specific words introduced, explained, and illustrated in the text

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Book Level O

Informational texts, simple fantasy, realistic fiction, traditional literature (folktales), biographies, mysteries, historical fiction, short stories, chapter books with sequels • Prior knowledge needed to understand content in many informational texts • More challenging themes • Content requiring the reader to take on perspectives from diverse cultures and bring cultural knowledge to understanding • Multiple characters to know and understand • Characters revealed by what they say, do, think, and by what others say or think about them • Descriptive and figurative language that is key to understanding the plot • Characters with both good and bad traits, who change and develop over time • New vocabulary in fiction texts largely unexplained • Some multisyllable proper nouns that are challenging to take apart or decode

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Book Level P

Informational texts, fantasy, realistic fiction, traditional literature (folktales), biographies, mysteries, historical fiction, short stories, chapter books with sequels, genre combinations • Topics that go well beyond readers’ personal experience • Content requiring the reader to take on diverse perspectives (race, language, culture) • Ideas and themes requiring taking a perspective not familiar to the reader • Some more challenging themes (war, the environment) • Multiple characters to know and understand • Characters revealed by what they say, do, think, and by what others say or think about them • Extensive use of descriptive and figurative language that is key to understanding the plot • Building suspense through events of the plot • Some more complex fantasy elements • Many complex content‐specific words in nonfiction, mostly defined in text, illustrations, or glossary • Multisyllable proper nouns that are challenging to take apart or decode • More difficult layout of informational text, and some fiction text, with denser format

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Book Level Q

Informational texts, more complex fantasy, realistic fiction, traditional literature (folktales), biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, mysteries, historical fiction, short stories, genre combinations, diaries • Many abstract themes requiring inferential thinking beyond the text • Texts with deeper meanings applicable to important human problems and social issues • Some more challenging themes (war, the environment) • Many new vocabulary words that depend on readers’ tools (such as glossaries) • Many new vocabulary words for readers to get meaning from context • Extensive use of figurative language (idioms, simile, metaphor) • Words that are seldom used in oral language and are difficult to decode • Many technical words that are difficult to decode • Nonfiction may contain a variety of complex graphics, often more than one on a page • Some nonfiction texts with graphics that have scales or legends that require understanding and interpretation

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Book Level R

Informational texts, more complex fantasy, realistic fiction, traditional literature (folktales), biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, mysteries, historical fiction, short stories, genre combinations, diaries • Collections of short stories that have interrelated themes or build a single plot across the book • Fiction – settings requiring knowledge of content (history, geography, etc.) • Long stretches of descriptive language that are important to understanding the setting and characters • Some long strings of unassigned dialogue from which story action must be inferred • Settings distant in time and space from students’ experiences • Many new vocabulary words for readers to derive meaning from context • Extensive use of figurative language (idioms, simile, metaphor) • Words with a wide variety of very complex spelling patterns • Words that are seldom used in oral language and are difficult to decode

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Book Level S

Informational texts, more complex fantasy, realistic fiction, traditional literature (folktales), biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, mysteries, historical fiction, short stories, genre combinations, diaries • Some collections of short stories that have interrelated themes or build a single plot across the book • Content particularly appealing to adolescents   • Some fiction settings requiring knowledge of content (history, geography, etc.) • Complex ideas on many different topics • Long stretches of descriptive language that are important to understanding the setting and characters • Many new vocabulary words that depend on readers’ tools (such as glossaries) and meaning from context • Extensive use of figurative language (idioms, simile, metaphor) • Words with a wide variety of very complex spelling patterns • Many words with affixes (prefixes and suffixes, multisyllable proper nouns that are difficult to decode) • Increasingly difficult layout of informational texts, with dense content and format

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Book Level T

Informational texts, more complex fantasy, realistic fiction, traditional literature (folktales), biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, mysteries, historical fiction, short stories, genre combinations, diaries • Some collections of short stories that have interrelated themes or build a single plot across the book • Nonfiction texts with multiple topics and categories and subcategories within them • Themes focusing on the problems of preadolescents • Many texts focusing on human problems (war, hardship, economic issues) • Themes that evoke alternative interpretations • Some more complex fantasy elements, some showing conflict between good and evil • Some obvious symbolism • Many words with affixes (prefixes and suffixes, multisyllable proper nouns that are difficult to decode) • Some words from languages other than English • Most texts with no or only minimal illustrations

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Book Level U

Informational texts, complex fantasy, realistic fiction, traditional literature (folktales), biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, mysteries, historical fiction , short stories, genre combinations, diaries • Variety of structures often combined in complex ways (description, comparison and contrast, temporal sequence, problem and solution, etc.) • Topics that go well beyond readers’ personal experiences and content knowledge • Content particularly appealing to adolescents • Many themes presenting mature issues and the problems of society (racism, war) with alternate interpretations  • Many texts focusing on human problems (war, hardship, economic issues) • Texts requiring inference to understand characters and why they change • Some literary devices (for example, stories within stories, symbolism, and figurative language • Fantasy and science fiction showing struggle between good and evil • Some words from languages other than English • Long, multisyllable words requiring attention to roots to read and understand • A wide variety of complex graphics that require interpretation (photos with legends, diagrams, labels, cutaways, graphics, maps)

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Book Level V

Informational texts, complex fantasy, realistic fiction, traditional literature (folktales), biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, mysteries, historical fiction, short stories, genre combinations, diaries • Variety of structures (description, comparison and contrast, temporal sequence, problem and solution, etc.) • Topics that go well beyond readers’ personal experiences and content knowledge • Critical thinking • Heavy content load in many texts, both fiction and nonfiction, requiring study • Many themes presenting mature issues and the problems of society (racism, war, economic issues) and alternative interpretations • Some switching from setting to setting, including time change • Full range of literary devices (for example, flashback, stories within stories, symbolism, and figurative language) • Words used figuratively or with unusual or hard‐to‐understand connotations • Archaic words or words from languages other than English that do not follow conventional pronunciation patterns • Introduction to more abstract literary forms, such as satire

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Book Level W

Informational texts, more complex fantasy, realistic fiction, traditional literature (myths, legends), biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, mysteries, historical fiction, short stories, genre combinations, diaries, satire • Unusual text organizations (e.g. flashbacks) • Many texts presenting mature societal issues, especially  those important to adolescents (family issues, growing up) • Wide range of challenging themes that build social awareness and reveal insights into the human condition • Character interpretation essential to understand the theme • Fantasy incorporating classical motifs (such as “the quest”) • Heavy content load in many texts, both fiction and nonfiction, requiring study • Some switching from setting to setting, including time change • Full range of literary devices (for example, flashback, stories within stories, symbolism, and figurative language) • Archaic words or words from languages other than English that do not follow conventional pronunciation patterns

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Book Level X

Informational texts, high fantasy and science fiction,  realistic fiction, traditional literature (myths, legends), biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, mysteries, historical fiction, short stories, genre combinations, diaries, satire • Many texts presenting mature societal issues, especially  those important to adolescents (family issues, growing up) • Wide range of challenging themes that build social awareness and reveal insights into the human condition • Many texts presenting multiple themes that may be understood in many layers • Some texts with heroic or larger‐than‐life characters who represent the symbolic struggle between good and evil • Full range of literary devices (for example, flashback, stories within stories, symbolism, and figurative language) • Some switching from setting to setting, including time change • Words that offer decoding challenges because they are archaic, come from regional dialect, or from languages other than English

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Book Level Y/Z

Informational texts, high fantasy and science fiction, realistic fiction, traditional literature (myths, legends), biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, mysteries, historical fiction, short stories, genre combinations, diaries, satire • Many texts with the complex structure of adult reading • Unusual text organizations (flashback, flash forward, time lapses) • Many new vocabulary words that readers must derive meaning from context or use glossaries or dictionaries • Critical thinking required to judge authenticity of informational texts, historical fiction, and biography • Many texts presenting mature societal issues, especially  those important to adolescents (family issues, growing up) • Wide range of challenging themes that build social awareness and reveal insights into the human condition • Some texts with heroic or larger‐than‐life characters who represent the symbolic struggle between good and evil • Full range of literary devices (for example, flashback, stories within stories, symbolism, and figurative language) • Some switching from setting to setting, including time change • Words that offer decoding challenges because they are archaic, come from regional dialect, or from languages other than English

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