The Labyrinth of "Leveled Readers"

 What Makes Finding Early Readers So Confusing For Parents? Everything! 

When you enter the early reader section at your public library the books are most likely organized by the authors last name. Unless you have found the item on the card catalog this information is not helpful.  What complicates things even further, is that as a collective whole Publishers do not have a universal system for leveling early readers. So, how in the world can you find the right item for your child?


You might not realize it but there is a small army of library staff members whose true desire is to assist you and your family.  So, I would like to recommend that you visit the library and ask to speak with someone in the Children's Department.  These are the people who can make recommendations and guide you through the labyrinth of "leveled readers."

Below are a few suggestions for my friends who are just starting their endeavor in reading. I always recommend starting with Bob Books I used these for many years in my Montessori classroom and found that they meet the unique needs of beginner readers. The author has created sets of books using the simplest format possible and the outcome is brilliant!  Each book is only 12 pages long, includes stick figures illustrations and uses repetitive text.  There are about 12 books in each set, and they become slightly more difficult as the reader progress.  When a child is able to complete a book their self confidence builds and they view reading as a fun activity.

Bob books. Set 1, Beginning Readers  Bobby Lynn Maslen
Additional Bob Books can be found here.

After your child has mastered Bob Books I would recommend trying Rookie Readers or My First Readers.

I hope that you find this information helpful. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.