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Capture the Flag
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Kate Messner


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READER LEVELS are groupings of books based on a similar level of complexity and readability...use them to find the right book for your reader.

Review the Reader Level definitions below to see where your reader fits. Click the reader level you want and browse through the titles at that level.

PICTURE BOOKS "FOR ALL AGES"
These books can be read by or read aloud to children of all ages. The limited text will help to maintain a younger reader’s attention, however you will often find sophisticated language. Picture books are often works of art with extraordinary illustrations.

LEARNING TO READ, JR "JUST THE BEGINNING"
Generally appropriate for Pre-K to 1st Grade
Books in this category are appropriate for the newest reader, just beginning to read on their own. They will help readers become familiar with the physical aspects of a book. The text and storyline are ideal for decoding and enjoying the narrative.
Language Characteristics:
Basic, familiar vocabulary
Often rhyming and/or repetitive
Simple sentences; no paragraphs
Story Elements:
None to limited plot
None to limited character development
No chapters
Visual Elements:
Illustrations dominate every page
Illustrations used as visual cues
Use of rebus pictures

LEARNING TO READ, SR "THE JOURNEY CONTINUES"
Generally appropriate for Kindergarten to 2nd Grade
Books at this level are appropriate for the reader starting to decode fluently.
This reader has mastered the concepts of print and is ready to experience the story.

Language Characteristics:
Basic, familiar vocabulary
Longer/varied simple sentences
Dialogue introduced
Simple paragraphs

Story Elements:
Simple plot lines
Episodic chapters
Some character development
Visual Elements:
Illustrations dominate every page
Illustration not used to decode text
Illustrations essential to experience
No rebus pictures

READER, JR "I CAN DO IT"
Generally appropriate for 1st Grade to 3rd Grade
These books are appropriate for the fluent reader who is able to grasp and follow a simple story. The equal balance of text and white space creates an environment that won't intimidate a developing reader.
Language Characteristics:
More difficult vocabulary
More complex/varied sentences
True paragraphs
Story Elements:
Continuous plot line
Some character development
Visual Elements:
Illustrations/text equally balanced
Illustrations essential to experience

READER, SR "I AM DOING IT ALL BY MYSELF"
Generally appropriate for 2nd Grade to 4th Grade
Books at this level are appropriate for the now confident reader who can handle more text on the page and more in depth character development.
Language Characteristics:
More difficult vocabulary
More complex, varied sentences
True paragraphs
Story Elements:
Multiple, continuous plot lines
Moderate character development
Subject matter generally safe
Visual Elements:
Text outweighs illustrations
Illustrations are for enjoyment
Illustrations not for comprehension

INDEPENDENT READER, JR "I AM A READER"
Generally appropriate for 4th Grade to 7th Grade
These books are appropriate for the independent reader who can retain and understand more elaborate and sophisticated story elements.
Language Characteristics:
Complex vocabulary
Complex sentence structure
Novel structure
Story Elements:
In depth/Multiple plot lines
Multiple characters are developed
Subject matter sophisticated
Visual Elements:
Text dominates the page
Few illustrations

INDEPENDENT READER, SR "I CAN READ ANYTHING"
Generally appropriate for 5th Grade and up
This level is appropriate for the established reader who can fully comprehend a substantial and complex book.
Language Characteristics:
Complex vocabulary
Complex sentence structure
Novel structure
Story Elements:
Multiple plot lines/time periods
Multiple, complex characters
Subject matter sophisticated
Visual Elements:
Text dominates
Generally no illustrations