Reading Level Resources

Looking for books to match your child’s reading level?

The Tuscarawas County Public Library System organizes children’s books by subject (nonfiction via the Dewey Decimal System) or author (fiction) rather than reading level. Our fiction spine labels do indicate if a book is a beginner reader(BR), easy (E), chapter (CH), or juvenile (J) book. Beginner readers, sometimes known as easy or early readers, usually consist of sight words and words that are easy to decode using phonics. The font is large and clear for independent readers.

Additional tools to help you find the right book for your child:

Five Finger Rule

Open the book to any page and have your child read aloud. For every word they don’t know, hold up a finger.

    1. fingers = easy
    2.  fingers = a bit challenging at times
    3.  Fingers = might need some help reading
    4.  Fingers = might want to read aloud to your child

NoveList K-8 Plus

NoveList K-8 Plus is designed for younger readers to help with both fiction and nonfiction reading recommendations for kids in grades K-8. You can search for books by title, author, series, genre or reading level. It also has a great “read-alike” lists.

Leveling System by Schools

School districts in Tuscarawas County use a variety of leveling systems, the most common being AR (Accelerated Reader), Lexile, and Scholastic's Guided Reading Level. There are comparison charts available, such as Perma Bound’s Text Leveling Correlation Guide. This guide allows you to see how different leveling systems relate to one another.

Search for available materials in our catalog through the Reading Room AR and Lexile Searching.


As always, we are eager to recommend great books for independent readers, family read alouds, or school projects.