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Finding books for our children to read can be difficult at times. We often don’t know what would be too hard or too easy for them. Educators talk about having “Just Right” books for our students. Just Right books are books that challenge the reader without overwhelming him/her.
Links to Leveled Book Sites
Need help finding a book for your child? Check-out James Patterson’s “Read Kiddo Read,” a site dedicated to making kids readers for life. This user friendly web-site allows you to search for books based on a child’s age and interest. Also featured are reading guides, podcasts of author interviews, contests and activities. http://www.readkiddoread.com The internet has several sites that have hundreds, or even thousands, of books listed by their reading level. (If you don’t have internet service, your local County librarian can help you to find these on their computers).
This site lets you do a search by Guided Reading level or Reading Recovery Level. There are several other search options, including by author, title or Spanish title. So if your child in interested in a particular book, you can look it up to be sure it won’t be too difficult for him/her.
These books are sorted by grade level. Then, when you open the page of a particular grade level, it is sorted by Guided Reading Level. For example, the Grade 2 books begin with all then books at level H, then level I, level J, etc. You can also look up particular titles or authors.
http://www.pps.k12.or.us/curriculum/literacy/leveled_books/ (picture books)
You can find books by title, author, Reading Recovery level or grade level. This site requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
The list here is not as comprehensive as some of the other books, but it has 2 great advantages. First, the books are sorted into categories by type of book (e.g., fiction, sports, humor, fantasy). Second, all of these books are available through the Multnomah County Library!
inks to Libraries – Here are a couple of places to find some of these books:
Multnomah County Library (http://www.multcolib.org/catalog.html)
Here you have 3 options for searching the Multnomah County Library catalog. I recommend using the iPAC link if it works on your computer. You can find a book, then, by entering your library card number, have a copy delivered to your local branch (probably Midland on 122nd). They will call you when it comes in. You can take out as many books as you wish, and keep them for up to 3 weeks. You can renew your books online as well.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know what my child’s reading level is?
A. Begin by asking your child’s teacher. At Powell Butte we assess reading throughout the year. One measure we use is called the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA). The DRA gives your child a number ranking that can be converted to an approximate grade level. For example, a DRA level 30 is about at the middle of 3rd grade. Another measurement of reading level is called Guided Reading. That same mid-3rd grade level would be a level N in Guided Reading.
Q. I know that my child is reading at an early 4th grade level, but the book lists I have show only DRA or Guided Reading levels. How can I tell what my child’s DRA or Guided Reading level is?
A. You can find a chart that shows equivalent level rankings for Guided Reading; DRA and grade level. But remember, not all children read at the same level. Ask your child’s teacher to be sure. (This site requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.)
Q. Ok, so I know my child’s level, and I have all these lists, but I still don’t know what to choose. Any ideas?
A. One option is to look for books that have won either Newberry or Caldecott awards. These are generally very popular with most kids.
Q. What are some ways I can help my child become a better reader?
A. There are so many ways to help your child’s reading. Mostly, be a good example so that you child sees that you value reading. Some families have a “family reading time” of one half hour or so each evening, where everyone is reading. Some other suggestions:
- Reading to your child. Any books that are of interest to your child, including fantasy, biography, songbooks, poetry. Also, magazine and newspaper articles. Continue to read to your child even through middle school.
- Rereading familiar books. Children need practice in reading comfortably and with expression using books they know.
- Building reading accuracy. As your child is reading aloud, point out words he missed and help him read words correctly. If you stop to focus on a word, have your child reread the whole sentence to be sure he understands the meaning.
- Building reading comprehension. Talk with your child about what she is reading. Ask about new words. Talk about what happened in a story. Ask about the characters, places, and events that took place. Ask what new information she has learned from the book. Encourage her to read on her own.
- Visiting the library often. There is a world of adventure there.
- Books on tape or CD. This is a wonderful “child management” tool when you riding longer distances, such as on family vacations. Check the Multnomah County Library for a wide selection of these.
- Talking to your child’s teacher. Find out what strategies is your child learning at school that you can reinforce at home.