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Guided Reading Text Types

Authored by Fountas and Pinnell, Guided Reading Text Types is designed to show students that reading comes in many forms—from picture books to graphic novels to plays to short stories, memoirs, and free verse—that can help shape the kind of readers they'll become and let them discover their favorite texts. Best of all, built-in everyday literacy features connect classroom reading to a variety of real-world, informational texts.

  • More genres/text types than ever—80% fiction, 20% nonfiction
  • 176-page Teacher's Guide written by Fountas and Pinnell
  • Links to Common Core State Standards
  • Connections to Everyday Literacy

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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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Text Types Reading Levels

Books: "Sea Animals" and "The Three Frogs"

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

  • Butterfly — Gibbs
  • Fruit Salad — Mitchell
  • Let's Go! — York
  • My Mom — Greer
  • The Rabbit House — McBeath
  • Sea Animals — Thomas
  • The Store — McBeath
  • The Three Frogs — Rothman
  • Time for Bed — Master
  • Up! — Craft
Books: "Polar Bears" and "Buster and Ziggy"

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

  • Building Blocks — Ives
  • Buster and Ziggy — Clark
  • Color It Blue — Reed
  • Hats — Shapiro
  • My Cat — Thomas
  • Party Time — Craft
  • Polar Bears — Carroll
  • Puppy Paints — Jenkins
  • School Fun — Baker
  • Where Is Bob? — Winter
Books: "Pig Played" and "Mrs. Cat Goes Shopping"

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 Pets — Price
  • Is It a Baby Animal? — Taylor
  • Let's Eat — Bellings
  • Mrs. Cat Goes Shopping — York
  • My Costume — Wilton
  • Pig Played — Rothman
  • Ready Freddy — Rothman
  • The Sky — Prince
  • Sleepy Bear — Mitchell
  • Under the Umbrella — Craft
Books: "In the Desert" and "At the Toy Shop"

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 the Toy Shop — Brereton
  • The Band — Ives
  • A Day at the Beach — Sinclair
  • Farm Helpers — West
  • Ice Cream — Wilton
  • In the Desert — Ives
  • Little Piglets — Rothman
  • Meet the Big Cats! — Stuart
  • Sand Animals — Harris
  • Who Is Getting Married? — McBeath
Book arrangement including "Collections"

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; sentences carry over several pages, with more complex punctuation.

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Level E Titles

  • Bell — Brereton
  • Collections — Ballinger & Gosset
  • Eat Your Peas, Louise! — Snow
  • Fish — Daniels
  • Fruit Trees — Daniels
  • I Love Rainy Days! (Noodles) — Wilhelm
  • Let's Play in the Forest While the Wolf Is Not Around! — Rueda
  • My New School — Hall
  • Ring! Ring! — Cherrington
  • Sammy the Turtle — Baker
Books: "Tina's Taxi" and "Biscuit"

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

  • Biscuit — Capucilli
  • A Color of His Own — Lionni
  • A Day with Paramedics — Kottke
  • Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? — Carle
  • Don't Be Late! — Brereton
  • Little Bird — Brereton
  • My River — Halpern
  • Popcorn — Alexander
  • Small Treasures — Gibson
  • Tina's Taxi — Franco
Books: "Mousetrap" and "Clifford Makes the Team"

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 reader's close attention and flexibility.

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Level G Titles

  • Are We There Yet? — Taylor
  • A City Park — Barrow
  • Clifford Makes the Team — Bridwell
  • Crafts — Chessen & Chanko
  • Lost and Found — York
  • Mousetrap — Snowball
  • The New Car — Lee
  • Our Tree House — Brereton
  • Vegetable Soup — Morris
  • Wake Up, Little Mouse! — Thomas
Books: "Just Me And My Dad" and "Captain Cat"

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

  • Canada — Canizares & Berger
  • Captain Cat — Hoff
  • I Need a Lunch Box — Caines
  • Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse — George
  • Just Me and My Dad (Little Critter) — Mayer
  • Larry and Loki — Cherrington
  • Mom's Secret — Costain
  • Now I Know: What's Under the Ocean? — Berger & Berger
  • The Story of Henny Penny — Carson
  • Too Late Harry! — Shapiro
Books: "The Very Busy Spider" and "Hi! Fly Guy"

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

  • The Birthday Party — Ives
  • Dragon Gets By — Pilkey
  • Henry and Mudge and the Funny Lunch — Rylant
  • Hi! Fly Guy — Arnold
  • Now I Know: Bears — Berger & Berger
  • Now I Know: Butterflies — Berger & Berger
  • Small Pig — Lobel
  • The Very Busy Spider — Carle
  • Who Wants a Ride? — Bernard
  • Willie's Wonderful Pet — Cebulash
Books: "Dig Dig Digging" and "Young Cam Jansen"

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

  • Dig Dig Digging — Mayo
  • Have You Seen Duck? — Holmes
  • Henry and Mudge and the Best Day of All — Rylant
  • Hippo and Rabbit in Three Short Tales — Mack
  • I Was So Mad (Little Critter) — Mayer
  • Log Hotel — Schreiber
  • The Rain Came Down — Shannon
  • Story County — Anderson
  • The Wrong-Way Rabbit — Slater
  • Young Cam Jansen and the Baseball Mystery — Adler
Books: "Earl the Squirrel" and "Dandelions"

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

  • 10 Fat Turkeys — Johnston
  • Andy Shane and the Queen of Egypt — Jacobson
  • Arthur's Eyes (An Arthur Adventure) — Brown
  • Chicks and Salsa — Reynolds
  • Dandelions: Stars in the Grass — Posada
  • Earl the Squirrel — Freeman
  • Endangered Animals — McNulty
  • Frog and Toad All Year — Lobel
  • One Nosy Pup — Wallace
  • The Principal From the Black Lagoon — Thaler
Books: "Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon" and "Mighty Robot"

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

  • Amelia Bedelia, Rocket Scientist? — Parish
  • Cam Janesen and the Chocolate Fudge Mystery — Adler
  • Let's Read About … George Washington — Weinberger
  • Our Earth — Rockwell
  • Ricky Ricotta's Might Robot vs. the Uranium Unicorns From Uranus — Pilkey
  • Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon — Lovell
  • The Subway Mouse — Reid
  • Tony Baloney — Ryan
  • Whales Passing — Bunting
  • Worms for Lunch? — Gore
Books: "Incredible Storybook" and "Baby Animals"

Level M

Text includes more complex language, and requires readers 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

  • Baby Animals — Berger & Berger
  • The Case of the Groaning Ghost (A Jigsaw Jones Mystery) — Preller
  • Class President (Marvin Redpost) — Sachar
  • Flat Stanley — Brown
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears — Marshall
  • The Lamb Who Came for Dinner — Smallman
  • Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook — Garland
  • No Messin' With My Lesson (Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo) — Krulik
  • Oh No, It's Robert — Seuling
  • Who Eats What? Food Chains and Food Webs — Lauber
Books: "Detective LaPine" and "Sacajawea"

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

  • Blizzard of the Blue Moon (Magic Tree House) — Osborne
  • Brand-New School, Brave New Ruby (Ruby and the Booker Boys) — Barnes
  • Detective LaRue: Letters From the Investigation — Teague
  • I Lost My Tooth in Africa — Diakite
  • Lunch Walks Among Us (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist) — Benton
  • The Phantom Mudder (Jack Russell: Dog Detective) — Odgers & Odgers
  • Sacajawea: Her True Story — Milton
  • Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears — Aardema
  • You Can't Eat Your Chicken Pox, Amber Brown — Danziger
  • Young Frederick Douglass: Freedom Fighter — Woods
Books: "You Can't Taste a Pickle With Your Ear" and "Beverly Cleary"

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

  • Amelia Earhart: Adventure in the Sky — Sabin & Mattern
  • Anansi Does the Impossible! An Ashanti Tale — Aardema
  • Clementine — Pennypacker
  • John Philip Duck — Polacco
  • Journey to the Volcano Palace (The Secrets of Droon) — Abbott
  • A Mouse Called Wolf — King-Smith
  • Otis Spofford — Cleary
  • Teacher's Pet (Jake Drake) — Clements
  • What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? — Fritz
  • You Can't Taste a Pickle With Your Ear — Ziefert
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

  • 97 Ways to Train a Dragon (Dragon Slayers' Academy) — McMullan
  • Copper — Kibuishi
  • Gooseberry Park — Rylant
  • Happy Burger — Ranberg & Daley
  • The Hunterman and the Crocodile — Diakite
  • Knights of the Kitchen Table (The Time Warp Trio) — Scieszka
  • Kooks in the Cafeteria (Comic Guy) — Roland
  • The Magic School Bus® Explores the Senses — Cole
  • My First Book of Biographies: Great Men and Women Every Child Should Know — Marzollo
  • Tar Beach — Ringgold
Books: "Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street" and "Amulet"

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

  • All About Manatees — Arnosky
  • Book Two: The Stonekeeper's Curse (Amulet) — Kiuishi
  • The Clue at the Bottom of the Lake (Cabin Creek Mysteries #2) — Gregory
  • Finding the Titanic — Ballard
  • LaRue Across America: Postcards From the Vacation — Teague
  • Magic Pickle and the Planet of the Grapes — Morse
  • Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street — Schotter
  • Shrek! — Steig
  • Stallion in Spooky Hollow (Animal Ark) — Baglio
  • The Tale of Anton Brown and Grace Hopper — Hart
Books: "Clarice Beans Spells Trouble" and "Miracles on Maple Hill"

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

  • Clarice Bean Spells Trouble — Child
  • The Dragon of Lonely Island — Rupp
  • Episode Two: Invasion of the Relatives (Julian Rodriguez) — Stadler
  • Freedom Crossing — Clark
  • Magic Pickle: The Full Color Graphic Novel! —– Morse
  • Miracles on Maple Hill — Sorensen
  • Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship — Hatkoff & Hatkoff & Kahumbu
  • Sitting Down for Dr. King — Ryder
  • What to Do About Alice? — Kerley
  • Who Cracked the Liberty Bell? — Roop & Roop
Books: "Amelia Earheart" and "Confessions of a Gym Class Dropout"

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

  • Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean — Taylor
  • Confessions of a Gym-Class Dropout — Ranberg & Daley
  • The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins — Kerley
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler — Konigsburg
  • The Good Dog — Avi
  • The Houdini Box — Selznick
  • Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille — Freedman
  • Taking Sides — Soto
  • When Women Played Baseball — Hart
  • The Young Man and the Sea — Philbrick
Books: "It Only Looks Easy" and "Oceans"

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

  • Colonial Times: 1600–1700 — Masoff
  • The Dodgeball Chronicles (Knights of the Lunch Table) — Cammuso
  • It Only Looks Easy — Swallow
  • Life in the Oceans: Animals, People, Plants — Baker
  • Mudshark — Paulsen
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's the Red-Headed League — Hart
  • Smile — Telgmeier
  • Tracker — Paulsen
  • The Word Eater — Amato
  • The Wright 3 — Balliett
Books: "The BFG" and "The Sisters Grimm"

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

  • The BFG — Dahl
  • The Calder Game — Balliett
  • The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy) — Kerley
  • The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm) — Buckley
  • My Side of the Mountain — George
  • Road to Revolution! — Mack & Chaplin
  • The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice) — Flanagan
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and the Blue Carbuncle — Ryder
  • The Star Crusher (Missile Mouse) — Parker
  • Wringer — Spinelli
Books: "The Capture" and "Black Star, Bright Dawn"

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

  • The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events) — Snicket
  • Black Star, Bright Dawn — O'Dell
  • The Capture (Guardians of Ga'hoole #1) — Lasky
  • The Cats in Krasinski Square — Hesse
  • Double-Dare to Be Scared: Another Thirteen Chilling Tales — San Souci
  • Ghostopolis — TenNapel
  • Heat — Lupica
  • Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland — Martens
  • Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman? — McKissack & McKissack
  • The Titanic — Kent
Arrangement of books including "Max the Mighty"

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

  • The Great Cow Race (Bone) — Smith
  • Houdini: The Handcuff King — Lutes
  • I Am a Star: Child of the Holocaust — Auerbacher
  • Max the Mighty: A Novel — Philbrick
  • Mind Readers: Science Examines ESP — Rudy
  • Numbering All the Bones — Rinaldi
  • The Phantom Tollbooth — Nanus
  • Stowaway — Hesse
  • The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) — Riordan
  • Torn Thread — Isaacs
Books: "King George III" and "Elijah of Buxton"

Level X

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

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Level W Titles

  • Any Small Goodness: A Novel of the Barrio — Johnston
  • Elijah of Buxton — Curtis
  • Harlem Summer — Myers
  • King George III: America's Enemy — Brooks
  • The Legend of Hong Kil Dong: The Robin Hood of Korea — O'Brien
  • The Little Prince — Saint-Exupéry
  • The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg — Philbrick
  • O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi — Martins
  • Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow — Sturm
  • Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time — Yee
An arrangement of books including "Riot"

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

  • All the Broken Pieces — Burg
  • Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel — Colfer & Donkin
  • Bad Boy: A Memoir — Myers
  • Children of the Dust Bowl — Stanley
  • The Devil's Arithmetic — Yolen
  • Jackaroo: A Novel in the Kingdom — Voigt
  • Milkweed — Spinelli
  • Riot — Myers
  • Truce — Murphy
  • Weedflower — Kadohata
An arrangement of books including "The Hunger Games"

Level Z

These texts present 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

  • Chains — Anderson
  • Chasing Lincoln's Killer — Swanson
  • Countdown — Wiles
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate — Kelly
  • The Glass Menagerie — Williams
  • The Hunger Games — Collins
  • The Many Rides of Paul Revere — Gilbin
  • Stormbreaker: The Graphic Novel (Alex Rider) — Cofler
  • Tales from Outer Suburbia — Tan
  • Uglies — Westerfield