recommendations by Susan Hall can help you build an age appropriate child's library or
book list using the best's children's literature. The more than 170 children's books
on this site are recommended only after having been carefully screened and evaluated by
the Authors of Straight Talk About Reading. Book recommendations are organized by
the child's age/school grade and by Lexile Score.
WHAT'S A LEXILE SCORE?
writing Straight Talk About Reading, the authors
screened books for quality, content, type size, artwork, etc. and also had many books
screened to assign them Lexile Scores. A Lexile Score is an objective measure
of a book's reading difficulty and makes difficulty comparable from book to book .
Each child progresses
through higher and higher Lexile Scores as she develops greater reading skill. If a
book's Lexile Score is too high, it will be frustrating, too low and it will be
boring. Some experimentation by the parent will be needed to find the right starting
point for each child, but even then, the Lexile Score is a guide. The books below
have Lexile Scores ranging from 0 to 700, in overlapping ranges for grades preschool
through 3rd grade.. The table below indicates the Lexile Score range in each group
of recommended books. Please note that a child's aural comprehension is
usually 1 to 2 years ahead of their reading level, important when considering parent
select the appropriate age group from the list below.