CHARACTERISTICS OF LEVELED TEXT (BY BANDS)
AND SAMPLE TEXT
When I go to the library or bookstore,
I know that my book is just right if I ask myself…
INTEREST: Am I interested in learning about this character or subject?
WORDS: Can I read almost ALL the words correctly?
VOICE: Does my reading sound like my talking voice?
TALK: Can I talk about what I read? Can I talk about what I think?
I KNOW my book is just right if I can answer yes, yes, yes, yes!
Just Right Level P-R
These longer stories require the reader to sustain interest and meaning over time. They contain complex themes and are written using sophisticated vocabulary which is not clearly defined for the reader. The sentence structures become longer and more complex. The topics go beyond personal experiences and require the reader to take on perspectives.
Abby Hayes (series)by Anne Mazor
American Girl Series
Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowery
Battle for the Castle by Winthrop
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Clarice Bean series by Lauren Child
Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney
Dragon Slayer Academy (series) by Kate McMullen
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
Frindle by Andrew Clements
Fudge series by Judy Blume
Guardians of Ga’hole series
Geronimo Stilton by Geronimo Stilton
Help, I’m Trapped (series) by Clifford
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Jake Maddox Series (sports)
Joshua T.Bates series by Susan Shreve
The Library Card by Jerry Spinelli
Skinnybones by Parks
Stuart Little by E.B. White
Time Warp Trio by Scieszka
Wayside School (series) by Louis SacharMore Challenging Texts S-V
Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Charlie Bones Series by Jenn Nummo
The City of Ember Series by Jeanne DuPrau
The Good Dog by Avi
The Kid Who Ran for President/ The Kid Who Became President by Dan Gutman
The Million Dollar Series by Dan Gutman
Poppy and Rye by Avi
The Sisters Grimm Series by Michael Buckley
Reading nonfiction is also very important to build vocabulary and knowledge. Non Fiction books support students' interests and increase their motivation to read.