Our Criteria

Book
Levels
Summary Text
Features
Picture
Support
Sentence
Structure
& Length
Level 1 one line of text with a
repeating pattern to support
the beginning reader
patterned,
predictable text
pictures
correspond
directly to text
one short
sentence with
simple syntax
Level 2 introduces a second line of
text and/or a slightly more
challenging repeating pattern
alternating
pattern
introduced
pictures provide
strong clues
two short
sentences with
simple syntax
Level 3 dialogue is introduced
and the reader encounters
more text
some pattern,
but more
variation
pictures provide
some clues
longer sentences
with more
complex syntax
Level 4 more lines of text and
longer sentences
little or
no pattern
pictures provide
some clues
more complex
sentences
Level 5 longer stories and greater
plot development help the
reader to discover
meaning from the text
varied text with
no pattern
pictures provide
some clues
increasing
amount and
complexity
of text
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