Penguin Young Readers

From ABC to Mastery

Level 3 Transitional Reader

These books are perfect for a Transitional Reader who:

  • can read multisyllable and compound words;
  • can read words with prefixes and suffixes;
  • is able to identify story elements (beginning, middle, end, plot, setting, ect.); and
  • can understand different points of view.

Level 3 Books

Guided Reading Level

Betsy Byars
Illustrator: Marc Simont
Ginjer L. Clarke
Illustrator: Steven James Petruccio
Edward Marshall
Illustrator: James Marshall
Edward Marshall
Illustrator: James Marshall
Edward Marshall
Illustrator: James Marshall
April Jones Prince
Illustrator: Robert Casilla
Edward Marshall
Illustrator: James Marshall
Gail Herman
Illustrator: Paige Billin-Frye
Marcie Aboff
Illustrator: Paige Billin Frye
Shelley Moore Thomas
Illustrator: Jennifer Plecas
Jean M. Malone
Illustrator: Bryan Langdo

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Deborah Hautzig
Illustrator: Natalie Carabetta
Kathryn Cristaldi
Illustrator: Heather Maione
D.J. Steinberg
Illustrator: Adrian C. Sinnott
Jennifer Dussling
Illustrator: Pamela Johnson
Ginjer L. Clarke
Illustrator: Pete Mueller
Jean Van Leeuwen
Illustrator: Ann Schweninger
Jean Van Leeuwen
Illustrator: Ann Schweninger
Ginjer L. Clarke
Illustrator: Lucia Washburn
Jackie Glassman
Illustrator: Lisa Bonforte
Bonnie Bader
Illustrator: Bryan Hendrix
Roberta Edwards
Illustrator: Bob Kayganich
Ginjer L. Clarke
Illustrator: Robin Cuddy
Jean M. Malone
Illustrator: Bryan Langdo

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Jean Fritz
Illustrator: DyAnne DiSalvo
Deborah Hautzig
Illustrator: Natalie Carabetta
John Herman
Illustrator: Robin Roraback
Jennifer Dussling
Illustrator: Pamela Johnson
Ginjer L. Clarke
Illustrator: Neecy Twinem
Laura Driscoll
Illustrator: Christina Wald
Ginjer L. Clarke
Illustrator: Pete Mueller
Judith Stamper
Illustrator: Chris L. Demarest
Ginjer L. Clarke
Illustrator: Lucia Washburn
Ginjer L. Clarke
Illustrator: Pete Mueller
Ginjer L. Clarke
Illustrator: Robin Cuddy
Ginjer L. Clarke
Illustrator: Pete Mueller
Roberta Edwards
Illustrator: Pamela Johnson
Ginjer L. Clarke
Illustrator: Robin Cuddy

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Guided Reading Level Information

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

  • Stories have similar characteristics to level I but are generally longer (some over fifty pages)
  • First chapter books
  • Characters in series books will expand reading interest in reading, increasing the amount of time reading
  • Large amount of dialogue
  • Full range of punctuation within longer, more complex sentences with many adjectives and adverbs
  • Texts have one main plot with several episodes over a period of time — chapter books may only cover a period of one day
  • Requires more interpretation on the part of the reader
  • Requires quick solving of new words, including three or four syllables.
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  • Includes longer, slightly more complex chapter books with more characters
  • Books have one plot, but many episodes are carried over a period of time
  • Shorter books have more difficult vocabulary (not often used in speech by children), challenging content, or more complex themes
  • Genres include realistic fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction (informational texts)
  • Some fables or legends and historical fiction may be include (not requiring extensive background knowledge to understand)
  • Large amount of dialogue used to determine what is going on in the plot
  • Characters show various perspectives
  • Illustrations are placed throughout the text and are used to enhance enjoyment and helps students visualize
  • Readers explore the various connotations of words
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  • Includes chapter books with fewer illustrations and complex picture books
  • Texts contain many multisyllable and technical words
  • Words are used for a range of connotative meanings
  • Print size is varied but often much smaller
  • Most sentences end in the middle of lines and continue from one line to the next
  • Includes a full range of genres from realistic fiction to biography
  • More characters are speaking with dialogue not always assigned
  • Plots and characters are more sophisticated
  • Characters develop and change in response to events in the story
  • Events in chapters build on each other requiring the reader to recall and keep track of information
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  • Chapter books are longer texts (sixty to one hundred pages) with short chapters and few pictures
  • Informational books are shorter with new information and text features
  • Includes a full range of genres with more biographies included
  • Text have subtle meanings that require interpretation and more background knowledge
  • More complex and expanded plots
  • More complex themes (i.e., respect for difference, loneliness, independence
  • Vocabulary may be introduced to create feeling or mood
  • Writer's style may be clearly marked by use of words, sentence structure, descriptions of characters, or humor
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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)