Practice makes perfect in reading too

Children become good readers by practicing. One of the most important ways to encourage reading is to have a reading library with a variety of leveled books available to early readers.

A leveled reading library consists of books organized by level of difficulty, from easy books for beginners to more complex books for advanced readers. Having a leveled library helps when selecting books for groups of children. The right book for a young reader is one that provides the right amount of both support and challenge for that reader. Read a sample of a nonfiction title and a fiction title before you buy.

Tracking progress and keeping them progressing

Using the leveling system provides a way to assess a child’s progress over time. The reading library should include multiple texts within each level and a balance of both fiction and nonfiction/informational books. Offering variety to young readers encourages them to expand their base knowledge. It also provides them with opportunities to improve by testing their reading skills in a flexible way. Reading different kinds of books also teaches children to read for multiple purposes.

The leveled sets offered by MaryRuth Books have been complied from books independently evaluated by Accelerated Reader®, Fountas & Pinnell, and Reading Recovery® Council of North America.

RESOURCES: Fountas, Irene, and G.S. Pinnell. Guided Reading: Good First Teaching for All Children. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann Educational, 1991.