If You Give a Child a Reading Level …

In the style of Laura Numeroff

If you have a child in school, chances are they have a reading level.

If your child has a reading level, chances are you have had a hard time finding books that are either appropriate, appealing or available.

Some “suggested reading” lists automatically generated by schools, or even the companies that created “reading levels” and the like, contain books that are so old, they are out of print. If you’ve ever gone into one of our locations and asked for the Reading Counts* binder, you are probably already familiar with this. Some lists are so lengthy that it’s overwhelming and unproductive when looking for books the Library does not own or ultimately for books kids are not interested in reading.

So, we have created a page on our website where you can search books in the collection by reading level**. If the book is not available at your branch, you can click “Place Hold” and select your local branch and you will get an alert when your materials are ready.

All of the books featured on the webpage are in the Library System’s children’s or teen collections. No more wondering whether your fourth grader with an exceptionally high Lexile measure is ready for "War and Peace!"

While it is quite important to select books that your child enjoys reading to develop an affinity for learning, the Library System has plenty to offer that is appealing to both children and their teachers. The two do not need to be mutually exclusive! Sometimes you just need a little help in finding the information.

Visit www.pbclibrary.org/levels to find books that are appropriate, appealing and available. This feature is just another way the Library System can help you help your child succeed in school.

*Added Bonus: If your child’s class utilizes Reading Counts, we’ve added an icon to the books that have accompanying quizzes!

**Lexile levels provided by the Lexile website. Guided Reading Levels obtained from the publishing company, where available; otherwise, from Scholastic Book Wizard. Reading Counts point values and quiz availability retrieved from the Palm Beach County School District’s website at the end of the 2018 school year.