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Leveled Reading

Reading Levels for School


Along with the Find a Book feature found on the Lexile website, the company also features a list of Apps that can be used to scan barcodes of certain books to check their Lexile number. Your child may be assigned a lexile range or number by his or her teachers. To find a book, you can either browse the Lexile database for titles to look for or simply browse the shelves of our collection to find a book that interests your child. The titles of these books can then be scanned or entered into the database by you or a librarian.

You can also check out our Looking by Lexile Reading List for specific titles.

Accelerated Reader Program

If your child's school uses the AR program, information can be found in the "Media Center" section of the school's website.

Reading Levels at the Library

The Youth Services Department is divided into sections based on interest and difficulty level from birth to Grade 12. When searching the catalog or browsing the shelves at the library, you can tell what level the book is based on the call number and spine label.

E Fiction & E Board

Short for "Easy Fiction," these books are primarily picture books that are intended for parents to read to their children. The board books are short reads printed on paperboard and intended for babies and young toddlers to handle safely. Picture books and board books are used for story times. Reading picture books promotes early literacy in children who are still too young to read. They're also fun for older kids, too!

E Reader

Short for "Easy Reader," these books are intended for children who are just starting to read. Book publishers all have their own systems in leveling books according to a numbered scale, resulting in inconsistencies and nonstandard measurements when calculating the difficulty of a book. In response to this, Youth Services has devised a color-coding system that assigns reading levels to all of the books in our collection on the same scale.

Brochures explaining our leveling system can be found online and in the Easy Reader section of Youth Services on the Upper Level.

J Chapter

Once the books in the Easy Reader section are too easy for your child, he or she can start reading Juvenile Easy Chapter books. These are easy chapter books intended for kids who are just starting to read more challenging texts. Many of these books are series and are meant to encourage kids to read for pleasure independently.

J Fiction

Short for Juvenile Fiction, these are longer chapter books that are written at a higher reading level than those found in the J Chapter collection. In terms of interest level, these books mostly appeal to children in grades 3–5. However, younger and older readers may enjoy reading these books as well!

Teen Fiction

These books span the widest age group in our collection and are primarily intended for those who are in sixth grade and above.Some ambitious middle grade readers may find themselves gravitating toward this section as well, and there are many books in the teen collection that would be appropriate for their reading and interest level. While some books in this collection are intended for a high school audience, others are written with a middle school audience in mind. The library provides a number of reading lists that can help steer you in the right direction!