Finding Appropriate Books for Your Child



It is important to understand that a guided reading level is a good indication of students’ reading level for instructional purposes. A student’s independent level, a book they can read on their own, might be one or two levels lower. However, it is equally important to remember that students’ reading skills are improved when they also have the opportunity to choose books that they are interested in, regardless of reading level.  Also, to fully develop as competent readers, students should be read to frequently and have the opportunity to discuss their reading. 


The table below shows the guided reading level ranges for grades K-2 based upon the Fountas and Pinnell system.






First Grade


Second Grade



Leveled Book Lists


For additional titles and authors visit the web site


Finding Books To Read at Home 

  • Click link above to go Kids Zone
  • Click "Book Finder"
  • Select your grade level
  • Choose "at your grade level", "easier", "challenge", etc.
  • Check the types of books you are interested in.
  • You will get a list of books that match your choices!


Finding Leveled Texts at our School Library

  • Click link above to go our school catalog
  • Where it says “Reading Programs”, click on Fountas and Pinnell
  • Then put in the range of books that you want and press enter


Popular Books, Series, and Authors with Guided Reading Levels


Popular Fiction Series

Amelia Bedelia- K-M

A-Z Mysteries- N-O

Biscuit- C-H, mostly G

Black Lagoon- L-P

Captain Underpants- P

Geronimo Stilton- N-P

Magic Treehouse- L-M

My Weird School- L-P, mostly L/M

Rainbow Fairies-  M



Popular Nonfiction Series

Magic School Bus- P

Mathstart- F-L, mostly J-L  



Popular Authors and Author Studies:

Brown, Anthony-D-L, mostly K/L

DePaola, Tomie -  K-N, mostly L/M

Egan, Tim - N-O

Fleming, Candace - L-R

Gibbons, Gail - G-P, mostly O

Gutman, Dan:

Baseball Card Adventure- R-T

My Weird School J-P, mostly M

Hoberman, Mary Ann - F-N, mostly J/K

Kellogg, Steven- J-O, mostly K-M

Lobel, Arnold - All ranges, mostly J/K

Marshall, James - J-P, mostly L

Meddaugh, Susan - I-M, mostly L/M

Numeroff, Laura - E- M, mostly J/K

Rylant, Cynthia: J-R

Henry and Mudge- J

Mr. Putter and Tabby- J

Poppleton- J

High Rise Private Eyes- J-K

Steig, William - G-U, mostly M-O