Readers' Advisory for Children

Readers’ Advisory for Children

Lexile Measure

Looking for information on finding books at the right reading level? Lexile measures can help; they are measures of the text difficulty and reader ability. Students typically receive a Lexile reader measure from their school or teacher. To choose books at the right reading level using Lexiles, look for materials between 100L below and 50L above a child’s Lexile measure.

Don’t know the Lexile reader measure for you or your reader? The Lexile text measure of a recently read book is a good place to start.

Typical Lexile Reader Measures by Grade

Grade        Reader Measures, Mid-Year 25th percentile to 75th percentile (IQR)*
1BR120L to 295L**
2170L to 545L
3415L to 760L
4635L to 950L
5770L to 1080L
6855L to 1165L
7925L to 1235L
8985L to 1295L
91040L to 1350L
101085L to 1400L
11 & 121130L to 1440L

For more information about the Lexile Reader Measures, visit

Locating Lexile Levels

Some of the books in the library’s catalogue have Lexile measures to indicate reading levels:

  • The ‘MARC view, including the Lexile information for the children’s book,  Count down to fall:

Countdown to Fall Book Front Cover

  • The 521 MARC Tag contains information on the Lexile measure:

Target Audience Tag

Searching the Catalogue for Children’s Fiction

Note: The following search should give you results in almost any library catalogue. You should be able to use either a ‘keyword’ or ‘subject’ search in order to locate children’s books.

In order to assist you to locate children’s fiction in the catalogue, the term ‘Juvenile fiction’ can be used to locate material:

  • The children’s book Hat Trick has several Subject headings with ‘Juvenile fiction’:

  • Combine the Keywords ‘Juvenile fiction’ with another topical keyword(s) to locate children’s fiction material:

Children's Fiction Catalogue Search



Children’s Book Sequels

Children’s Book Sequels is here to help you discover the right order of any series from Harry Potter to Biggles, from Young Bond to The Hunger Games.

Comics Worth Reading

A online review site that covers all genres of comic books, including graphic novels, independent press, alternative, manga, graphic memoir, superheroes, and mainstream.

The Best Children’s Books

Books by reading level and topic.

Juvenile Series and Sequels –  The Juvenile Series and Sequels database contains over 36,000 books in 4,900 series titles that are classified into three audiences:

  • Juvenile Easy [JE] – for birth through 2nd grade readers
  • Juvenile [J] – for 2nd through 6th grade readers
  • Young Adult [YA] – for 6th through 12th grade readers

The site also features movies, music and audiobooks.

Lexile – Framework for Reading – Search for a book by Lexile score/range and subject matter.

The Hub – The Hub is a teen collections blog for Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Find Great Teen Books by YALSA – Browse by Author, genre, award, or booklist.


Finding Children’s Books on NoveList – NoveList K-8 is an EBSCO product that contains lists of recommended reading for children 0-8, 9-12, and teens. Patrons can search by genre, title, author, series, and “If you liked…” Another useful feature is the title, author, and series read-alikes. Books link to Goodreads reviews.

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