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NEW! Guided Reading Nonfiction Focus: 2nd Edition

Scholastic’s New! Guided Reading Nonfiction Focus: 2nd Edition is packed with new nonfiction books and instructional resources that explicitly support deep comprehension with strategically challenging texts in a complex text continuum.

  • 80% nonfiction, 20% fiction
  • Connections to Common Core State Standards
  • Analysis of Informational Text Features

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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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Buy multiple-level grade sets and save 15%!

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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Nonfiction Focus Reading Levels

Books: "Trucks" and "Skippy likes the seasons"

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 overwords. Most of the texts in Level A focus on topics familiar to children.

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Level A Titles

  • The Beach — Ives
  • Count on Fish — Tree
  • Hair — Wilton
  • In the Pond — Hearn
  • In the Woods — Charles
  • Let's Go! — Theo
  • Let's Make Soup — Gibbs
  • Little Panda, The — Noonan
  • Skippy Likes the Seasons — Carroll
  • Trucks — Craft
Books: "Can it Float?" and "Sports"

Level B

Texts focus on a simple story line or single idea, with direct correspondence between text and pictures; one or two lines of text 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

  • Can It Float? — Carroll
  • Count the Wheels — Daniels
  • Houses — Frazier
  • So Many Hats — Ryder
  • Sounds on the Farm — Ives
  • Sports — Wolfe
  • Trees — Mitchell
  • What Do You See? — Flaherty
  • What's The Weather, Meg? — Smith
  • Where are Jack and Jill? — Rothman
Books: "Push! Pull! Move It!" and "Birds and Beaks"

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

  • All Kinds of Boats — Noonan
  • Animal Tracks — Parker
  • Be Happy! — Dale
  • Big Dinosaur Day, The — Lee
  • Birds and Beaks — Wolfe
  • I Love Snow! — Ivesy
  • Night — Ryder
  • Push! Pull! Move it! — Taylor
  • Spots or Stripes — Adley
  • World of Flags, A — Roman
Books: "Penguins" and "Insect Countdown"

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 multisyllable words and a full range of punctuation.

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Level D Titles

  • At Home In a Shell — Jordan
  • Get Up and Go! — Taylor
  • Good For Us — Rothman
  • In the Cold, Cold Sea — Dana
  • Insect Countdown — Ives
  • Just Write! — Quick
  • Meet the Bears — Stuart
  • Penguins — Worley
  • Snack Time — Smith
  • What Kittens Needs — Parker
Books: "In the Mountains" and "Tortillas"

Level E

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

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Level E Titles

  • Awake at Night — Wolfe
  • City or Country? — Ellen
  • Horses Help — Cherrington
  • In the Mountains — Eli
  • Is This a Real Animal? — Caryn
  • Just in Time — Worley
  • On the Lake — Jones
  • Pictures from Long Ago — Tree
  • Tortillas — González-Jensen
  • What About Frogs? — Michaels
Books: "Growing Pumpkins" and "The Cows Are in the Corn"

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

  • Animals Are Living Things — Drew
  • Investigators: Life Cycles Animals Grow Up — Nelson
  • At Home in a Nest — Wilton
  • Big Rivers — Ryder
  • The Cows Are in the Corn — Young
  • Elephants — Noonan
  • The Enormous Turnip — McBeath
  • The Grass Grows — Gibbs
  • Growing Pumpkins — Ives
  • Where Do People Hike? — Roberts
Books: "Dinosours, Dinosours" and "Way to Go!"

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 layout require readers' close attention and flexibility.

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Level G Titles

  • Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs — Barton
  • Fur, Feathers, or Fins? — Carroll
  • Hippo and Rabbit in Brave Like Me — Mack
  • Munch! Crunch! Healthy Snacks — Michaels
  • Discovering My World: Under the Sea Sharks — Berger
  • Three Little Pigs — Banks
  • Way to Go! — Thomas
  • Discovering My World: Under the Sea Whales — Berger
  • What Can Insects Do? — Rothman
  • Who Needs Water? — Rothman
Book arrangement including "Up, Down, and Around"

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

  • Scholastic Reader L2 One Hundredth Day of School — Medearis
  • Color My World — Carroll
  • In the Jungle — Drew
  • Discovering My World: Under the Sea Life on a Coral Reef — Berger
  • Plants We Eat — York
  • Blastoff! Readers — Watch Animals Grow Puppies
  • Up, Down, and Around — Ayres
  • Investigators: Toys Up, Up, and Away — Scott
  • What Goes Up... — Mitchell
  • A World of Homes — Baker
Books: "Blackout" and "My Five Senses"

Level I

Longer and more complex stories than in levels G and H, with more highly elaborated information; multisyllable 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

  • American Museum of Natural History Baby Dolphin's First Day — Roop
  • Blackout — Rocco
  • Butterflies — Neye
  • Critters in Camouflage — Alexander
  • The Gobi Desert — Alexander
  • Kim's Trip to Hawaii — Cohen
  • My Five Senses — Aliki
  • The Shape of Things — Dodds
  • Two Eyes, a Nose, and a Mouth — Intrater
  • What the Dinosaurs Saw — Schlein
Books: "Only One" and "Owl At Home"

Level J

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

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Level J Titles

  • Go Fly A Kite — Cowley
  • Nature Upclose: A Monarch Butterfly's Life — Himmelman
  • Only One — Harshman
  • Owl at Home — Lobel
  • Play Ball! — York
  • Rap a Tap Tap — Dillon
  • American Symbols: Scholastic News Nonfiction Readers What’s in Washington, D.C.? — Falk
  • Investigators: Predators Wild Dogs — Evans
  • Wonderful Worms — Glaser
  • Young Cam Jansen Young Cam Lost Tooth — Adler
Books: "Skyscrapers" and "Ruby Bridges goes to school"

Level K

This level includes chapter books 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

  • 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World — Walsh
  • A Boy Named Boomer — Esiason
  • Clifford for President — Lapadula
  • A Dandelion's Life — Himmelman
  • Have You Seen Birds? — Oppenheim
  • Monarch Butterflies — Alexander
  • Ruby Bridges Goes to School — Bridges
  • Sky Color — Reynolds
  • Skyscrapers — York
  • A Tree Is a Plant — Bulla
Books: "Biblioburro" and "What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?"

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

  • Biblioburro — Winter
  • City Tales — Smith
  • Elephants — Riggs
  • Frogs! — Carney
  • A House for Hermit Crab — Carle
  • Panda Kindergarten — Ryder
  • We are Alike, We are Different — Behrens
  • What Do Roots Do? — Kudlinski
  • What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? — Page
  • Winter Wonderland — Esbaum
Books: "Two Bobbies" and "Dive!"

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

  • Bat Loves the Night — Davies
  • Chameleons Are Cool — Jenkins
  • Dive! — Berger
  • An Eye for Color — Wing
  • Frida — Winter
  • From Seed to Plant — Gibbons
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington — Ruffin
  • Throw Your Tooth on the Roof — Beeler
  • Two Bobbies — Larson
  • Why Do Dogs Bark? — Holub
Books: "The Paperboy" and "Pet Heroes"

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

  • Butterfly Boy — Kroll
  • Looking Closely in the Rain Forest — Serafini
  • The Magic School Bus® Fixes a Bone — Earhart
  • My Light — Bang
  • Odd Animal Helpers — Reyes
  • Owls — Gibbons
  • The Paperboy — Pilkey
  • Pet Heroes — Corse
  • A Picture Book of Jesse Owens — Adler
  • Surprising Swimmers — Ryan
Books: "Sonia Sotomayor" and "The Busy Body Book"

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

  • Apples to Oregon — Hopkinson
  • Beachcombing — Arnosky
  • The Busy Body Book — Rockwell
  • Coming to America — Maestro
  • In the Garden with Dr. Carver — Grigsby
  • Manfish — Berne
  • Planets — Carney
  • Rocks & Minerals — Zoehfeld
  • Sonia Sotomayor (Bil) — Winter
  • Tell Me, Tree — Gibbons
Books: "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" and "So You Want To Be An Inventor?"

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

  • Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride — Muñoz Ryan
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind — Kamkwamba
  • Girl Wonder — Hopkinson
  • Grandma's Gift — Velasquez
  • If I Ran for President — Avril
  • Life in the Ocean — Nivola
  • The Moon — Simon
  • So You Want to Be an Inventor? — St. George
  • Take a Giant Leap, Neil Armstrong! — Roop
  • Who Would Win? Wolverine vs. Tasmanian Devil — Pallotta
Books: "A Medieval Feast" and "Scraps of Time 1879"

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

  • Amazing Magnetism — Carmi
  • Scraps of Time Away West — McKissack
  • Barnum's Bones — Fern
  • Bugs — Arlon
  • The Camping Trip That Changed America — Rosenstock
  • Dinosaurs — Arlon
  • A Medieval Feast — Aliki
  • Playing to Win — Deans
  • Testing the Ice — Robinson
  • WordGirl Tobey or Consequences, A Teleplay — Ferraiolo
Books: "Horses" and "The Trail of Tears"

Level R

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

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Level R Titles

  • Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller — Lambert
  • The Buzz on Bees — Rotner
  • Everything Dolphin — Crisp
  • Horses — Simon
  • Looking Like Me — Myers
  • Luis Alvarez — Venezia
  • Queen of the Track — Lang
  • Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes — Coerr
  • Trail of Tears — Bruchac
  • Volcanoes — Simon
Books: "Monster Hunt" and "Lizards"

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

  • Cod's Tale, The — Kurlansky
  • Dancing Home — Ada
  • Helen Keller Her Life in Pictures — Sullivan
  • Lizards — Bishop
  • Louie — Noland
  • Martin's Big Words — Rappaport
  • Monster Hunt — Arnosky
  • Nelson Mandela — Nelson
  • Neo Leo — Barretta
  • A Thousand Cranes: A Play — Miller
Arrangement of books including "Bill the Boy Wonder"

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

  • Bad News for Outlaws — Nelson
  • Bill the Boy Wonder — Nobleman
  • Great Serum Race, The — Miller
  • Hands Around the Library — Abouraya
  • Ida B. Wells — Myers
  • Jackie Robinson — Robinson
  • Looking at Lincoln — Kalman
  • Muscles — Simon
  • My Librarian Is a Camel — Ruurs
  • The Strongest Man in the World — Debon
Books: "The Life of Rice" and "Touch the Sky"

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

  • Abe's Honest Words — Rappaport
  • Around the World — Phelan
  • Boys Who Rocked the World — McCann
  • Fearless — Woodruffn
  • Ghost Hunt — Dokey
  • I Dreamed of Flying Like a Bird — Haas
  • Life of Rice, The — Sobol
  • Titanic Sinks! — Denenberg
  • Touch the Sky — Irving
  • The Wright Brothers' First Flight: A Play — de Lancie
Books: "Into the Volcano" and "Detector Dogs"

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

  • Detector Dogs — Stamper
  • The Emperor's Silent Army — O'Connor
  • Ice! — Pringle
  • Into the Volcano — O'Meara
  • King George: What Was His Problem? — Sheinkin
  • My Havana — Fernandez
  • Rebel in a Dress: Adventurers — Branzei
  • Dear America — Teleplay So Far From Home — Binder
  • Thunder From the Sea — Weigel
  • The Unexpected World of Nature — Reisman
Books: "Tornado" and "Walt Whitman"

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

  • At Ellis Island — Peacock
  • Baby Mammoth Mummy Frozen in Time! — Buigues
  • Down to the Last Out — Myers
  • Drawing from Memory — Say
  • Freedom Heroines — Wishinsky
  • Kubla Khan — Krull
  • Tornado! — Fradin
  • Walt Whitman — Kerley
  • Who Wants Pizza? — Thornhill
  • Wonderstruck — Selznick
Books: "Fort Mose" and "Alexander Hamilton"

Level X

Covers increasingly mature themes, and requires extensive prior knowledge; texts are designed to present a significant amount of new information.

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Level X Titles

  • Alexander Hamilton — Fritz
  • A Black Hole is not a Hole — DeCristofano
  • Case Closed? — Hughes
  • Fort Mose — Turner
  • Great Depression — McDaniel
  • The Hidden Girl — Kaufman
  • Lincoln Through the Lens — Sandler
  • The Lions of Little Rock — Levine
  • The Twilight Zone — Graphic Odyssey of Flight 33 — Kneece
  • UFOs — Grace
Books: "Gettysburg" and "Courage Has No Color"

Level Y

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

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Level Y Titles

  • 10 Days Abraham Lincoln — David
  • Assassin — Myers
  • Courage Has No Color — Stone
  • Everything Ancient Egypt — Boyer
  • Gettysburg — Butzer
  • How They Croaked — Bragg
  • Our Town — Wilder
  • We've Got a Job — Levinson
  • Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? — Fies
  • World War II — Rosenberg
Books: "Ancient Rome" and "Catching Fire"

Level Z

A challenge for more widelyread 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

  • Ancient Rome — Benoit
  • Catching Fire — Collins
  • Dark Game, The — Janeczko
  • Ghosts in the Fog — Seiple
  • Joseph Stalin — McCollum
  • Graphic Monsters are Due on Maple Street, The — Kneece
  • Mysterious Messages — Blackwood
  • Teens at War — Zullo
  • Thoreau at Walden — Porcellino
  • Unraveling Freedom — Bausum