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EDCI 556 - Literacy Teaching and Learning in Diverse Elementary Classrooms

Find resources for literacy and language processes and development; connections among cultures, families, and literacy integration

Children's Literature Books at Mason Libraries

Find Books at Mason


Still can't find the item? Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to request books, media and articles from other libraries when they are not available at Mason or the WRLC. Start your research early if you want to take advantage of this wonderful service as it can take up to 2 weeks.

Determine the Reading Level of a Book

BookWizard from Scholastic allows teachers to find and level more than 60,000 books. Search by title, author, or keyword.  Also includes and index of lessons and ideas, a teacher's tool kit, student activities and much more.  For example, listed below are some ideas for the book A Reason for Seasons.I

Image of the book Reasons for Seasons Image of craft project for seasons   Image of class activity for seasons

Scholastic also provides a free Book Wizard Mobile App for Android and iPhone and iPad.

This app is available for Apple and Android devices.  It allows teachers to organize, level, and track books.  Simply scan a book's ISBN  or conduct a manual for ISBN, title o author to receive the lexile, guided reading, grade level equivalent, and/or Development Reading Assessment (DRA) levels for the book.  Teacher's can create rosters for their class to track reading levels and progress.

Image of level it book - book of the day Image of level it teacher account Image of Level It class roster

NOTE:  This app costs $3.99

Lexile® measures provide an alternative measure of reading ability rather than grade-equivalent scores.  Lexile measures can be used to:

  • meet and challenge individual student reading abilities by finding useful reading materials
  • help you measure and forecast reader growth

If we wanted to determine the Lexile measure of the book Century Farm: One Hundred Years on a Family Farm:

In the search box in the upper right hand corner, put the title of the book

Image of search for  a book

In this case, we get one result.  Note the Lexile score is indicated in the green circle.  In this case the Lexile score is 730L.

Image of search result with Lexile score