Penguin Young Readers

From ABC to Mastery

Level 2 Progressing Reader

These books are perfect for a Progressing Reader who:

  • can figure out unknown words by using picture and context clues;
  • can recognize beginning, middle, and ending sounds;
  • can make and confirm predictions about what will happen in the text; and
  • can distinguish between fiction and nonfiction.

Level 2 Books

Guided Reading Level

Pajama Party
Joan Holub
Illustrator: Julie Durrell
Pal and Sal
Ronnie Ann Herman
Illustrator: Betina Ogden
Lucky Goes to School
Gail Herman
Illustrator: Norman Gorbaty
That Bad, Bad Cat!
Claire Masurel
Illustrator: True Kelley
Meet Trouble
Susan Hood
Illustrator: Kristina Stephenson
Dick and Jane: Go Away, Spot
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We See
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We Work
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Dick and Jane: Who Can Help?
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What a Hungry Puppy!
Gail Herman
Emily Neye
Illustrator: Cindy Revell
Shape Spotters
Megan E. Bryant
Illustrator: Sami Sweeten
Ride the Potato Train
Josh Selig
Illustrator: Cassandra Gibbons

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Snug Bug
Cathy East Dubowski
Cat Show
Jayne Harvey
Illustrator: Tamara Petrosino
Jodi Huelin
Illustrator: Pedro Julio Gonzalez
Busy Bugs
Jayne Harvey
Illustrator: Bernard Adnet
Lost and Found
Lana Jacobs
Illustrator: MJ Illustrations
School Friends
Lana Edelman
Illustrator: MJ Illustrations
Dog on His Bus
Eric Seltzer
Illustrator: Sebastien Braun
Beach Day!
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Nina, Nina Ballerina
Jane O'Connor
Illustrator: DyAnne DiSalvo
Pal the Pony
Ronnie Ann Herman
Illustrator: Betina Ogden
Spider's Lunch
Joanna Cole
Illustrator: Ron Broda
Johnny Appleseed
Patricia Brennan Demuth
Illustrator: Michael Montgomery
Nicky Upstairs and Down
Harriet Ziefert
Illustrator: Richard D. Brown
Harry Takes a Bath
Harriet Ziefert
Illustrator: Mavis Smith
Me and My Robot
Tracey West
Illustrator: Cindy Revell
A Brand-New Look
Lana Jacobs
Illustrator: MJ Illustrations
A Picnic Adventure
Lisa Gallo
Illustrator: Laura Thomas
Ruby Scores a Goal
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Max's Checkup
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Ballet School
Sierra Harimann
Illustrator: Lisa Workman

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Cowboy Roy
Cathy East Dubowski
Mark Dubowski
Illustrator: Mark Dubowski
Illustrator: Cathy East Dubowski
The Garden That We Grew
Joan Holub
Illustrator: Hiroe Nakata
The Teeny-Tiny Woman
Harriet Ziefert
Illustrator: Laura Rader
My Tooth Is Loose!
Martin Silverman
Illustrator: Amy Aitken
The Pizza That We Made
Joan Holub
Illustrator: Lynne Avril Cravath
Love Is in the Air
Jonathan Fenske
Illustrator: Jonathan Fenske

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The Bookstore Ghost
Barbara Maitland
Illustrator: Nadine Bernard Westcott
The Bravest Cat!
Laura Driscoll
Illustrator: DyAnne DiSalvo
Laura Driscoll
Princess for a Day
Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Illustrator: Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Emily Neye
Illustrator: Ron Broda
Best Friends
Roberta Edwards
Illustrator: Carol Schwartz
Laura Driscoll
Good Night, Good Knight
Shelley Moore Thomas
Illustrator: Jennifer Plecas
Pamela D. Pollack
Meg Belviso
Illustrator: Lisa Bonforte
Puppy Parade
Jill Abramson
Jane O'Connor
Illustrator: Deborah Melmon

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Guided Reading Level Information

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

  • Sentences include more embedded phrases and clauses
  • More variety in language including some literary language
  • Topics range beyond the familiar
  • Genres include realistic fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction (simple informational books)
  • Font size may vary
  • Texts range from ten to twenty pages
  • Text structure is more complex, often with several simple episodes
  • More characters, but not very developed
  • Picture support is moderate
  • Increase number of words and lines of print
  • Greater variety of high frequency words
  • Frequent dialogue and full range of punctuation
  • More multisyllable words and less common spelling patterns
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  • Language reflects patterns that are more characteristic of written language than spoken language
  • Concepts are more distant from local knowledge or the everyday world
  • Some texts have abstract ideas which require discussion
  • Themes emerge
  • Genres include realistic fiction, human and animal fantasy, simple folktales, and nonfiction (informational texts)
  • Text range from ten to thirty pages
  • Full range of punctuation to enhance meaning
  • Longer texts may have longer sentences and/or more lines of text per page and shorter texts
  • May have unusual language patterns or technical words
  • Greater variety in vocabulary
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  • Sentences are longer with many embedded clauses
  • Several high frequency words which increase in difficulty
  • Large number of decodable words with regular and irregular patterns
  • Several episodes with a variety of characters
  • Ideas and vocabulary are more challenging with some specialized vocabulary
  • Story line is carried by the text
  • Pictures support and extend meaning
  • Readers are expected to remember information and action over a longer reading time
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  • Language is not repetitious
  • Full range of high frequency words
  • Size and placement of print varies widely
  • Some repeated episodes
  • Content moves away from familiar experiences
  • Genres include realistic fiction, fantasy, folktales, and nonfiction (informational texts)
  • Characters tend to learn and change
  • Picture support is used to enhance and extend meaning as well as arouse interest
  • Story events require interpretation
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  • Multiple episodes are highly elaborated
  • Most text lengths are about the same as G and H (ten to thirty pages) but have smaller print size
  • Some longer texts thirty to forty pages
  • Texts use a great deal of dialogue
  • Pictures enhance meaning but provide little support for precise word solving and meaning
  • Complex word solving is required with multi-syllable words
  • Paragraphs and sentences are longer
  • Readers transition to texts that my call for sustaining interest and meaning over several reading periods
  • Some chapter-like books
  • Most books are narrative (realistic fiction, fantasy, and folktales) with a plot and solution
  • Informational books are shorter with more difficult content
  • Characters and story events require interpretation
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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)