Penguin Young Readers

From ABC to Mastery

Level 4 Fluent Reader

These books are perfect for a Fluent Reader who:

  • can read the text quickly with minimal effort;
  • has good comprehension skills;
  • can self-correct (can recognize when something doesn't sound right); and
  • can read aloud smoothly and with expression.

Level 4 Books

Guided Reading Level

Henry Barker
Illustrator: Jeff Crosby
Joyce Milton
Illustrator: Shelly Hehenberger
Illustrator: Robin Robinson
Laura Driscoll
Illustrator: Bob Kayganich
Cathy East
Illustrator: Christina Wald

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Rosa Parks
Jim Haskins
Illustrator: Wil Clay
Joan Elste
Illustrator: DyAnne DiSalvo
Kate Boehm Jerome
Illustrator: Bill Farnsworth
Illustrator: Frank Sofo
Deborah Hautzig
Illustrator: Kathryn Rathke

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Patricia McKissack
Illustrator: Sanna Stanley
Sylvia Branzei
Illustrator: Jack Keely

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Guided Reading Level Information

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

  • Chapter books are usually one hundred or more pages with short chapters and memorable characters
  • Nonfiction titles are generally shorter and may present social issues
  • Topics of informational books and settings for narratives go well beyond readers' personal experiences
  • Complex picture books illustrate themes and build experience in character interpretation
  • More demand on the reader to use a variety of strategies to understand plot, theme, and new vocabulary
  • Writers use devices such as irony and whimsy to create interest and communicate the nature of characters
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  • Multiple characters are developed through what they say, think, and do or what others say about them
  • Characters deal with everyday experiences or more serious problems such as war or death
  • Genres expand to include historical and science fiction
  • Chapter books have between fifty and two hundred pages
  • Text have few illustrations — usually black and white drawings or photographs
  • Highly complex sentences employ a wide range of punctuation necessary for understanding the text
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  • Wide variety of fiction and nonfiction
  • Fiction texts include novels with longer chapters
  • Characters are often concerned with issues related to growing up and family relationships
  • Settings are very detailed
  • Informational texts and biographies present complex ideas
  • Topics may be unfamiliar
  • Longer texts require readers to sustain interest and attention over several days
  • Structural complexity, theme sophistication, and necessary background experience increases
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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)