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What’s New?!

  • Revised research-based Teaching Guide featuring new sections on:
    • Guided Reading in the Content Areas & Activating Background Knowledge
    • Including Content Area Informational Text in Primary Classrooms
  • New authentic texts with titles on science, technology, engineering, arts, math, and 21st century careers
  • New teaching cards for every title
  • A mix of Nonfiction & Fiction: 80% Nonfiction and 20% Fiction

Teacher’s Guide

Content Areas Teacher's Guide Look Inside

Title List

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Kindergarten (4 levels, A–D)

40 titles, 6 copies each, 240 books

Grade 1 (9 levels, A–I)

90 titles, 6 copies each, 540 books

Grade 2 (10 levels, E–N)

100 titles, 6 copies each, 600 books

Grade 3 (8 levels, J–Q)

80 titles, 6 copies each, 480 books

Grade 4 (8 levels, M–T)

80 titles, 6 copies each, 480 books

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70 titles, 6 copies each, 420 books

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Kindergarten (4 levels, A–D)

40 titles, 6 copies each, 240 books

Grade 1 (9 levels, A–I)

90 titles, 6 copies each, 540 books

Grade 2 (10 levels, E–N)

100 titles, 6 copies each, 600 books

Grade 3 (8 levels, J–Q)

80 titles, 6 copies each, 480 books

Grade 4 (8 levels, M–T)

80 titles, 6 copies each, 480 books

Grade 5 (7 levels, Q–W)

70 titles, 6 copies each, 420 books

Grade 6 (7 levels, T–Z)

70 titles, 6 copies each, 420 books

Complete Set (26 levels, A–Z)

260 titles, 6 copies each; 1,560 books

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Content Areas, 2nd Edition Reading Levels

Books: "School Day!" and "Numbers All Around"

Level A

Simple texts with one line of one to six words per page, easy-to-see print, and ample space between words. Children can focus on print and gradually increase their control over words. Most of the texts in Level A focus on topics familiar to children.

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Level A Titles

  • Level A Titles
  • Cars
  • Dress for Winter
  • How Many Legs?
  • I Can Do It
  • Just Jump!
  • Two Fish Swim
  • What Is It Made Of?
  • What's My Name?
  • Where Is My Nest?
Books: "Who Hid?" and "Look and Find Shapes"

Level B

Texts focus on a simple story line or single idea, with direct correspondence between text and pictures; one or two lines of print per page, with a variety of punctuation; many texts at this level feature repeating patterns in the text.

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Level B Titles

  • All Kinds of Shoes
  • Count on Frogs
  • Fruit Market
  • How Are They Alike?
  • In the Snow
  • Light and Heavy
  • On a Bridge
  • Patterns
  • Think Pink!
  • What's for Lunch?
Books: "Signs" and "What Time Is It?"

Level C

Texts explore familiar topics in a variety of ways to offer new viewpoints to the reader; simple sentences may have introductory clauses set off by punctuation; text may be patterned but is not as predictable as in Levels A and B.

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Level C Titles

  • Add Up the Toys
  • Do You Want to Be a Teacher?
  • Family Fun
  • Let's Have Pasta!
  • Life at the Pond
  • Mammals
  • On the Farm
  • Pets! Pets! Pets!
  • See It! Paint It!
  • Ten
Books: "Then & Now" and "Clifford Can"

Level D

Texts cover familiar topics but introduce new, more abstract ideas; illustrations support the text, but more attention to print is required; text contains more compound and multisyllabic words and a full range of punctuation.

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Level D Titles

  • All Kinds of Weather
  • Big or Small?
  • Can You See What I See? Nature
  • Dogs All Year Long
  • Footprints in the Sand
  • From Egg to Robin
  • How Plants Grow
  • Making a Memory
  • More and More
  • Mud!
Books: "Cat in the Bag" and "Hello Doctor"

Level E

Stories have more or longer episodes; informational texts present more complex ideas; texts are longer than in previous levels, with more pages or more lines of text on each page; with more complex punctuation.

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Level E Titles

  • Do You Want to Be a Doctor?
  • Gus Grows a Plant
  • If I Had a Hammer
  • In the Rain Forest
  • Peach Trees
  • Rainbows
  • Sort It Out
  • Water Changes
  • What Is a Friend?
  • Whose Shoes?
Books: "Ellen Ochoa" and "Watch Me Plant a Garden"

Level F

Concepts presented in texts at this level are more distant from familiar topics; larger variety of frequently used words and many more new words; text reflects patterns of written, rather than oral, language.

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Level F Titles

  • How I Care for My Pet
  • How I Do My Homework
  • How Many Feet? How Many Tails?
  • I See Five
  • May I Please Have a Cookie?
  • My Camera
  • Night Sky, The
  • Scarf for Jerry, A
  • What Is This?
  • Who Lives in Trees?
Books: "Find the Wild Animal" and "It's A Good Thing There Are Insects"

Level G

In texts at this level, the language changes on each page, rather than repeating in patterns; texts offer challenges in ideas and vocabulary, with some introduction to technical language; variety of print styles and text layouts require reader's close attention and flexibility.

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Level G Titles

  • Animals Day and Night
  • Chicks!
  • Chu's Day
  • Goldilocks Goes Shopping
  • How Does Weather Change?
  • Is It Really a Sea Animal?
  • Let's Make Music
  • Sensing Light and Sound
  • Two by Two
  • Who Has a Tail?
Books: "The Wheat We Eat" and "I Am Planet Earth"

Level H

Texts are similar in difficulty to level G, but the texts vary more widely in size of print, length of sentences, and type of language; texts are less repetitious in events and language structures, with expanded vocabulary.

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Level H Titles

  • Ballet Stars
  • I'm Not Scared Book, The
  • Let's Make Pizza
  • Look at Bird Beaks, A
  • Score Points!
  • Cool Drink of Water, A
  • Seeds
  • Stuck on You
  • Super Fly Guy
  • Twelve Is a Dozen
Books: "How Many Ants?" and "Presidents' Day"

Level I

Longer and more complex stories than in levels G and H, with more highly elaborated information; multisyllabic words arranged in longer sentences and paragraphs that require complex word solving; illustrations enhance meaning but provide less support for understanding the meaning of the text.

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Level I Titles

  • About Fish
  • Crow and the Pitcher, The
  • Earth Book, The
  • Families
  • First Day of Winter, The
  • Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl!
  • It's Okay to Make Mistakes
  • Landmarks U.S.A.
  • Pair of Socks, A
  • Senses on the Farm
Books: "Inside an Ant Colony" and "Bart's Amazing Charts"

Level J

Beginning chapter texts appear for the first time at this level, requiring readers to recall information over more than one sitting; fewer illustrations with whole pages of text in some texts.

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Level J Titles

  • Animals and Us
  • Chameleon!
  • Dance! Dance! Dance!
  • Flat Shapes! Solid Shapes!
  • From Sheep to Wool
  • Katie Saves Thanksgiving
  • Simple Machines
  • What Does a Veterinarian Do?
  • Why Is It Spring?
  • Why Should I Protect Nature?
Books: "The Earth is Mostly Ocean" and "Plants that Eat Animals"

Level K

This level includes chapter texts and short informational texts with difficult concepts; readers learn about concepts and events outside their own experiences; readers need to use a variety of strategies to figure out different writing styles.

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Level K Titles

  • Amazing Wheat
  • Baby Wolf
  • Biggest Babies, The
  • Even Steven and Odd Todd
  • Farmers: Growing the Foods We Eat
  • I Love You, ZooBorns!
  • Jane Goodall
  • Planets Around the Sun
  • Rainbow Mystery, The
Books: "The Grapes of Math" and "Chomp!"

Level L

Texts at this level are much longer and more complex and include biographies; longer texts include many multisyllabic words and expand readers' vocabularies; some texts present abstract or symbolic themes.

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Level L Titles

  • Length
  • Library Mouse
  • Many Ways to Move
  • Nature's Builders
  • Roberto Clemente
  • Rooster's Off to See the World
  • Japan — Pluckrose
  • Solar System — Vogt
  • Tell Me Why Planes Have Wings — Willis
  • The Grapes of Math — Tang
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex — Landau
Books: "Tell Me How Much it Weighs" and "Save the Rain Forest"

Level M

Text includes more complex language and requires reader to make interpretations; most texts at this level have greatly expanded vocabulary; many texts at this level have smaller print with narrower word spacing.

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Level M Titles

  • Amelia Earhart
  • Arctic Animals
  • Cactus Hotel
  • Danger! Volcanoes
  • I Fall Down
  • Lion's Share, The
  • Lizards
  • My Baseball Book
  • Toad Weather
  • Zoo Foods
Arrangement of books including "Sleep and Rest"

Level N

Vocabulary continues to expand and go beyond readers' own experiences; variety of texts offer readers a chance to interpret information and speculate on alternate meanings.

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Level N Titles

  • Albert the Fix-It Man
  • Common Ground
  • Follow the Money!
  • Good Enough to Eat
  • It's Our Garden
  • One Tiny Turtle
  • Seed, Soil, Sun
  • Sir Cumference and the First Round Table
  • Surprising Sharks
  • A Weed Is a Flower
Books: "Stargazers" and "Mammal Records"

Level O

Longer texts at this level present varied vocabulary that will require readers to interpret the meaning of the text; texts have more sophisticated subjects and more complex sentence structures.

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Level O Titles

  • Deep-Sea Explorers
  • Engineers Build Models
  • Hurricane Hoax, The
  • Marty McGuire
  • Polar Plunge
  • Engineers Solve Problems
  • How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?
  • Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos
  • Thirst for Home, A
  • What If You Had Animal Teeth!?
Books: "Gooseberry Park" and "97 Ways to Train a Dragon"

Level P

Informational texts at this level include history and biography, enabling readers to learn how to gain information from a variety of structures; concepts may include issues of early adolescence.

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Level P Titles

  • Count Your Chickens
  • Diary of a Worm
  • Did a Dinosaur Drink This Water?
  • Fifty Cents and a Dream
  • Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark
  • Mighty Ants and Other Cases, The
  • Place for Birds, A
  • Search for the Missing Bones, The
  • Weslandia
  • Why Do Kittens Do That?
Books: "Hurricanes" and "High Noon"

Level Q

Selections contain themes to foster group discussion; relationship of illustrations to text also offers opportunities for exploration and discussion; texts contain difficult words, some from languages other than English.

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Level Q Titles

  • Five Brave Explorers
  • Greater Estimations
  • How Do Airplanes Fly?
  • I Survived Hurricane Katrina
  • If You Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King
  • If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620
  • Owl in the Office
  • Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi
  • Tree Lady, The
  • Why Do Puppies Do That?
Books: "O, Say Can You See?" and "The Great Fire"

Level R

Texts in this level contain sophisticated vocabulary to challenge readers; some of the longer chapter texts require sustained reading effort over several sittings; texts represent a range of times in history.

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Level R Titles

  • Desert Giant
  • Dirt
  • Do Stars Have Points?
  • Duke Ellington
  • Everything Dog
  • Rachel Carson
  • Shiloh
  • Snow Treasure
  • This Place Is Wet
  • The Whale Who Won Hearts
Books: "Cuts, Scrapes, Scabs, and Scars" and "Pythagoras?"

Level S

Selections challenge readers to make connections with previous reading and with historical events; words present many shades of meaning that require readers' interpretation; this level includes chapter books in a variety of genres.

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Level S Titles

  • Bridging the Gap
  • Butterflies and Moths
  • Electrical Wizard
  • The Mouse With the Question Mark Tail
  • Number Patterns
  • Survival at 40 Below
  • Tiger in Trouble!
  • Tracking Predators and Prey
  • When the Wolves Returned
  • Winter's Tail
Books: "Black Holes" and "Lost Star"

Level T

At this level, readers encounter a variety of nonfiction text structures; expanded vocabulary requires readers to consider both literal and connotative meaning.

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Level T Titles

  • Ben Franklin's Big Splash
  • Crossing Bok Chitto
  • Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table
  • Helen's Big World
  • How Do You Burp in Space?
  • Lady Liberty: A Biography
  • Money Matters
  • Tales of Famous Americans
  • Wild Waters: Facts & Stats
  • X-treme Sports
Books: "Remember the Ladies" and "Freedom Train"

Level U

Texts cover a breadth of topics and present specific, technical information; illustrations require interpretation and connection to text; text requires readers to employ a wide range of reading strategies.

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Level U Titles

  • Astrophysicist and Space Advocate Neil DeGrasse Tyson
  • Careers in Art & Design
  • Environmental Engineering and the Science of Sustainability
  • Flora & Ulysses
  • Handful of Dirt, A
  • Living Dangerously
  • Prowling the Seas
  • Storm Runners
  • A Timeline History of the Declaration of Independence
Books: "What a Great Idea!" and "Color Me Dark"

Level V

Texts present complex issues and use technical language; topics are distant from students' experience in terms of time and geographic area and may include realistic historical information and more difficult themes.

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Level V Titles

  • Africa Is My Home
  • Be a Geologist
  • Electric Ben
  • Journey, The
  • Monster Plants
  • Nature's Numbers and Patterns
  • Oil Spill: Disaster in the Gulf
  • Secret Coders
  • Space Math
  • Titanic: Voices From the Disaster
Books: "Portraits of African-American Heroes" and "The Journal of James Edmond Pease"

Level W

Texts present complex information requiring readers to employ a wide range of content knowledge and to understand the basic organizational structures of nonfiction; topics explore the human condition and social issues; texts vary in length; print is generally in a small font.

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Level W Titles

  • Castle Diary
  • Creatures of the Deep
  • Dark Life
  • Do You Read Me?
  • Eye of the Storm
  • Heart and Soul
  • Monster Crop Circles and Other Mysteries
  • Outside and Inside Mummies
  • That Bull Is Seeing Red!
  • When Birds Get Flu and Cows Go Mad!
Books: "Up Before Daybreak" and "The Great Depression"

Level X

Texts cover increasingly mature themes and require extensive prior knowledge; texts are designed to present a significant amount of new information.

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Level X Titles

  • Civil Engineering and the Science of Structures
  • At Her Majesty's Request
  • Dust Bowl Through the Lens, The
  • Heroes of Hurricane Katrina
  • Mutants & Monsters
  • P.S. Be Eleven
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Real Life Zombies
  • Swamp Stories
  • War Horse
Books: "Indian Chiefs" and "Air Raid - Pearl Harbor!"

Level Y

Texts feature similar themes to previous levels, with more explicit detail; this level requires critical reading skills to evaluate the quality and objectivity of the text.

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Level Y Titles

  • Air Travel
  • Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
  • Bodies From the Ash
  • Fences Between Us, The
  • Forms of Government
  • Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America
  • Pyramids, Temples, and Tombs
  • Robotics
  • Tentacles
  • Tiles and Tessellations
Books: "Bat 6" and "Guys Read"

Level Z

A challenge for more widely read students, requiring critical reading skills; topics include controversial social and political issues; readers experience complex examples of nonfiction organizational structure.

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Level Z Titles

  • Because They Marched
  • Guts & Glory: The Vikings
  • Heroes of 9/11
  • I Am Malala
  • Mockingjay
  • Not Your Parents' Money Book
  • Sophia's War
  • Superstars of History
  • Superstars of Science
  • The Usborne Introduction to the Second World War