The River Vale Free Public Library is a member of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS). This consortium of 77 public libraries delivers quality library service to the general public through sharing of books and other materials, purchasing, maintaining and sharing a computer system and providing common access to the cooperative's data bases. Your River Vale Library card enables you to access the collections of all members of the cooperative by using the BCCLS online catalog.
What are some indicators of a Level N text?
Chapter books are usually 100 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
How do I know if my child is a Level N reader?
Process short fiction stories, chapter books, short informational texts, series books and mysteries
Read fiction texts that have many characters that change in the story
Read nonfiction texts on many related topics
Automatically use strategies (find smaller words inside the bigger word, use word parts like prefixes/suffixes)
Read and understand descriptive words
Slow down to understand or search for information
Understand difficult sentences
Read silently at a good rate
Check out River Vale Library's
"Level N" Books
Leveled Books for Readers Grades 3-6 (Fountas & Pinnell) and Matching Books to Readers: Using Leveled Books in Guided Reading. K-3 (Fountas and Pinnell). Retrieved: 7/15/13 from Loudoun County Public Schools
The Continuum of Literacy Learning Grades K-2 & Grades 3-5 by Fountas & Pinnell (Adapted by Sachem Literacy Coaches.) Retrieved: 7/15/13 from Sachem School District