Penguin Young Readers

From ABC to Mastery

Penguin Young Readers

unite the best authors, illustrators, and brands from the Penguin Young Readers Group under one umbrella. Including a comprehensive mix of esteemed authors, favorite characters, nonfiction, and licensed properties, Penguin Young Readers feature a traditional numbered leveling system, as well as the Guided Reading leveling system, to ensure quick recognition for educators, parents, and kids.

Letter From the Editor

Dear Parents and Educators,

Welcome to Penguin Young Readers! As parents and educators, you know that each child develops at his or her own pace—in terms of speech, critical thinking, and, of course, reading. Penguin Young Readers recognizes this fact. As a result, each Penguin Young Readers book is assigned a traditional easy-to-read level (14) as well as a Guided Reading Level (AP). Both of these systems will help you choose the right book for your child.

Level 1 readers, which cover the Guided Reading Levels AD, are just right for the Emergent Reader. These books feature simple vocabulary, word repetition, picture clues, predictable stories and sentence structures, and familiar themes and ideas.

Level 2 readers, which cover the Guided Reading Levels EI, are just right for the Progressing Reader. These books feature longer sentences, simple dialogue, picture and context clues, more in-depth plot development, and nonfiction and fiction stories.

Level 3 readers, which cover the Guided Reading Levels JM, are just right for the Transitional Reader. These books feature multisyllable and compound words, more dialogue, different points of view, more complex storylines and characters, and stories with a greater range of genres.

Level 4 readers, which cover Guided Reading Levels NP, are just right for the Fluent Reader. These books feature more advanced vocabulary, detailed and descriptive text, complex sentence structures, in-depth plots and character development, and stories with a full range of genres.

As an added bonus, each Penguin Young Readers book comes with activities specifically designed for the story that you can do with a child before, during, or after reading the book.

Penguin Young Readers reinforces the idea that sharing the love of reading with a child is the best gift you can give!

*Penguin Young Readers are leveled by independent reviewers applying the standards developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell in Matching Books to Readers: Using Leveled Books in Guided Reading, Heinemann, 1999.


Penguin Young Readers apply the standards of Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnel's Guided Reading program in text layout, vocabulary, sentence structure, design, plot complexity, font size, genres, and themes to determine the appropriate Guided Reading level.

The various levels of the Penguin Young Readers program are described in language that is commonly used in the classroom and firmly based on one proven leveling system.

Unlike other reader programs which fail to supply educationally endorsed leveling systems (or sometimes provide too much information), Penguin Young Readers present a clear, uncluttered approach to using books for the Guided Reading program.

Penguin Young Readers will include award-winning series like Amanda Pig, critically-acclaimed classics like Black Beauty, and kid favorites like Young Cam Jansen, and two Madeline readers which represent the first time this classic picture book character has ever been in a non-picture book format.

Shared reading is a large component of the Guided Reading program. Educators will need multiple copies of the same title for Guided Reading lessons so each student can have their own book to read while participating in this group activity.

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Penguin Young Readers feature award-winning books and authors, critically- acclaimed classics, and new titles from established authors.

On the back of every Penguin Young Readers book is easily understandable, consumer-friendly language to take parents through the stages of reading development and help them choose the best book for their growing reader.

With colorful branding and a penguin on the spine, parents will recognize these books!


Penguin Young Readers bring favorite characters to the newest readers, including Young Cam Jansen, Amanda Pig, Amber Brown, and Pearl and Wagner.

Series publishing within Penguin Young Readers keeps kids engaged as they continue to read all of the books featuring their favorite characters.

High-interest full-color nonfiction titles will appeal to even the most reluctant readers.

Licensed titles will feature the hottest, most current properties including Batman, Lego Universe, and Strawberry Shortcake.