Book Lists by Reading Level

Find The right books for your child

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Find books using our book lists by reading level guides.

From Pre-k to developing readers, you’ll find popular books that you can find at any library.

Just print the book lists and visit your local library. 

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You have access to our entire book list of anchor books and suggested books at all levels. Simply print and take to your local library and get started teaching your child to read with children’s books today! 

Emergent Readers (Pre-K)

  • minimal text
  • large font
  • repetitive structure
  • familiar language
  • pictures dominate and tell the story

Emergent/Beginning Readers (early K)

  • direct picture-to-text matching
  • pictures dominate the page
  • repeated patterns or phrases
  • a few words or one sentence per page
  • very large font
  • sometimes rhyming words
  • sight words and common words such as color, numbers, days of week
  • one basic concept or a simple plot

Beginning Readers (early 1st grade)

  • pictures that strongly support the text 
  • high frequency and sight words
  • few sentences per page
  • medium sized font
  • simple plot or concept
  • one and two syllable words: teacher, farmer, someday, happy
  • simple dialogue
  • main characters with some supporting characters
  • introduction of past tense verbs and suffixes: -ed, -ly, -ing, -er

Beginning Readers/Early Developing 1st grade)

  • pictures that support text
  • high-frequency words
  • few sentences per page
  • medium sized font
  • simple plot or concept
  • one and two-syllable/compound words
  • introduction of past tense verbs and suffixes such as –ed, -y, -ing, -er
  • some dialogue
  • main characters with some supporting characters

Developing Readers (2nd grade)

  • fewer pictures 
  • less repetition
  • paragraph structure
  • short and simple chapter structures
  • compound sentences
  • dialogue between characters
  • introduction of compound words and multi-syllabic words
  • more complex plot or story line

Baby or Toddler Books

  • board books
  • easy to hold books that they can page through
  • letters or one word only that directly matches the picture on each page
  • photographs are preferable over drawings (especially for babies who need the clear, crisp representation of real objects)
  • lots of white space on each page

Choosing the right books is important

This video will walk you through the importance of finding the “just right” books for your child and give you a simple process for determining if a book is too hard for your reader.