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Leveled Books

Children who are learning to read benefit from selecting books with a proper mix of support and challenge in order to develop reading strategies and comprehension skills. Leveled books can provide this balance and instill confidence in young readers by enabling them to read books that challenge them without frustrating them. Your child’s teacher can provide you with his or her current reading level.

Two leveling systems widely used by the Wallingford Public Schools are Fountas and Pinnell and DRA. A binder with printed lists is available in the Children’s Department of the Library. Each list includes a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles to enable you and your child to find books that interest them.

Here is a sampling of books available in the Children’s Library by Level:

Guided Reading Level A
Guided Reading Level B
Guided Reading Level C
Guided Reading Level D
Guided Reading Level E
Guided Reading Level F
Guided Reading Level G
Guided Reading Level H
Guided Reading Level I
Guided Reading Level J
Guided Reading Level K

These databases can also help you find leveled books that are right for your child:

AtoZ Teacher Stuff Book Wizard


Recommended Reading Lists

In addition to the leveled books, there are many outstanding books in the library that your child will enjoy that do not have levels applied to them. We encourage you to ask a Children’s Librarian to help you find “just right” books for your beginning reader.

100 Books Every Child Should Know Before Starting School (English version)

100 Books Every Child Should Know Before Starting School (Spanish version)

Recommended Fiction for Kindergarten & 1st Grade

Recommended Fiction for 2nd & 3rd Grade

Recommended Fiction for 4th-6th Grades

100 Best Books for Children
A list of one hundred books selected by the National Education Association as great reading for children and young people

Children's Book Council
Designed for adults working with children's books

Connecticut Nutmeg Book Award
Everything for the Nutmeg nut

Guys Read
Picks for guys by author Jon Scieszka.

Read Kiddo Read
Great books for kids recommended by author James Patterson.

Series for Kids
This site created by the Mid-Continent Public Library lists over 28,000 titles and can be searched by the name of the series, the author, the book title or the series subject.

Free animated interactive storybooks on a variety of different reading levels.

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