Penguin Young Readers

From ABC to Mastery

Level 1 Emergent Reader

These books are perfect for a Emergent Reader who:

  • can read in a left-to-right and top-to-bottom progression;
  • can recognize some beginning and ending letter sounds;
  • can use picture clues to help tell the story; and
  • can understand the basic plot and sequence of simple stories.

Guided Reading Level Information

Look below to learn more about the specific attributes of each Guided Reading Level.

  • One line of text
  • Large spaces between words
  • Sentence structure is similar to students' language
  • Repeated pattern
  • Includes basic sight words
  • Punctuation includes periods, question marks, and exclamation marks
  • Pictures are highly supportive
  • Topics are familiar to children
  • Focus on a single idea
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  • Two lines of text (return sweep)
  • Large spaces between words
  • Sentences increase in length
  • Sentence structure is similar to students' language
  • Repeated words or pattern
  • Includes more basic sight words
  • Includes some word endings (e.g., s, ed, ing)
  • Punctuation includes periods, question marks, exclamation marks, and some commas
  • Simple dialogue
  • Pictures are highly supportive
  • Topics are familiar to children
  • Focus on a single idea
  • Setting is present, but seldom a plot
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  • Increased number of words and lines of text
  • Large spaces between words
  • Sentences increase in length and may include some embedded clauses
  • Sentence structure is similar to students' language
  • Some books have repeated words or pattern
  • Most books are about eight pages
  • Pictures are highly supportive (Students cannot rely on patterns and pictures to read with accuracy.)
  • Includes more basic sight words and some compound words
  • Includes word endings (e.g., s, ed, ing)
  • Opportunities for decoding simple words
  • Punctuation includes periods, question marks, exclamation marks, and commas
  • Dialogue is frequently included
  • Topics are familiar to children
  • Characters and story plots are straightforward
  • Experiential books — events and artifacts of everyday life
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  • Longer, more complex stories
  • Some compound sentences conjoined by "and"
  • Simple plot but may include several elaborate episodes
  • Topics are familiar, but may include abstract or unfamiliar ideas
  • Text layout is easy to follow, but font size may vary
  • Texts range from ten to twenty pages
  • Pictures begin to extend meaning of text
  • New punctuation may be included (i.e., dashes, ellipses)
  • Larger number of high frequency words/greater variety
  • Includes more word endings, compound words, and multisyllable words
  • More opportunities for decoding words with familiar patterns
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Sources: Leveled Books for Readers Grades 3-6 (Fountas & Pinnell) and Matching Books to Readers: Using Leveled Books in Guided Reading, K-3 (Fountas & Pinnell)