•    Guided Reading Level D -E

    Baby Birds by Helen Frost

    The Ball Bounced by Nancy Tafuri

    Bears in the Night by Stan and Jan

    Berenstain Bears on Wheels by Stan and Jan Berenstain Bears,

    Bears Everywhere by Rita Miles

    Beetles by Cheryl Coughlan

    Cat Traps by Molly Coxe

    The Chick and the Duckling by Mirra Ginsburg

    Guided Reading Level E-F

    Ants by Cheryl Coughlan

    Bess and Tess by Susan Blackaby

    Big Egg by Molly Coxe

    Big Friend, Little Friend by Eloise Greenfield

    Black Bears by Marcia Freeman

    Bobby’s Zoo by Carolyn Lunn

    Bumble Bees by Cheryl Coughlan

    A Buzz Is Part of a Bee by Carolyn Lunn

    Catch Me if you Can by Bernard

    Most Cloudy Day, Sunny Day by Donald Crews

    Dinosaurs Dance by Larry Brimner

    Level G

    Foot Book by Dr. Seuss

    Go Dog Go by P.D. Eastman

    The Gum on the Drum by Barbara Gregorich

    Henry’s Busy Day by Rod Campbell

    Honey Bees and Hives by Lola Schaefer

    Hot Rod Harry by Catherine Petrie

    If I Were You by Brian Wildsmith

    Inside, Outside, Upside Down by Stan and Jan Berenstain

    It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw

    Morris the Moose by Bernard Wiseman

    My Five Senses by Aliki

    The Nose Book by Al Perkins

    Oh a Hunting We Will Go by John Langstaff

    Oh No Otis! by Julie Frankel Oh, Cats! by Nola Buck

    Addition Annie by David Gisle

    Alligator Shoes by Arthur Dorros Backhoes

    by Linda Williams The Big Fat Worm by Nancy Van Laan

    Bill’s Baggy Pants by Susan Gates

    Biscuit by Alyssa Capucilli

    Biscuit Finds a Friend by Alyssa Capucilli

    Boris Bad Enough by Robert Kraus



    Levels H-I

    The stories at these levels have episodes, which are elaborated and are less repetitive and often occur over time. Many compound sentences are used and there is an introduction of subject specific vocabulary. There is a wider range of sight words and the spelling patterns become more complex. This is the area when easy, illustrated chapter books begin. Decoding strategies: all of the previous plus try all the sounds that the letter(s) can make (ie. long/short vowel sounds;hard/soft g)

    A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni

    Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff

    Dragon (series) by Dav Pilkey

    Father Bear Comes Home by Pat Minarik

    Fly Guy by Ted Arnold

    Good Night Owl! By Hutchins

    Happy Birthday, Sam by Hutchins

    Hiccups for Elephant James Preller

    I Like Me  by Carlson

    How to Lose All Your Friends by Carlson

    Hattie and the Fox Mem Fox

    Captain Cat Syd Hoff

    There’s a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer

    We Are Best Friends by Aliki


    A Kiss for Little Bear by Minarik

    Leo the Late Bloomer by Kraus

    Messy Bessy by McKissack

    Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash by Sarah Weeks

    Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells

    Timothy Goes to School by Rosemary Wells

    Baa-Choo!  by Sarah Weeks

    Pig in the Pond by Martin Waddell

    Sammy the Seal by Syd Hoff

    Mrs. Brice’s Mice by Syd Hoff

    Tidy Titch by Pat Hutchins

    The Teeny-Tiny Woman Ziefert

    Where Are you Going Little Mouse? By. Kraus

    Whose Mouse Are You? By  Kraus

    You Can Swim, Baby Duck Hest


    Levels J – K

    These stories are typically beginning chapter books with short chapters with episodes occurring over time. There is little repetition.  Some figurative language (simile, metaphor) is introduced. The setting becomes important to understand the plot of the story. Picture support is decreased; there are more pages of print without pictures. Words with multiple syllables provide a challenge for decoding. Decoding strategies: Readers need to be flexible by trying all the strategies they know.


    Andy Shane (series) by Abby Carter

    Arthur (series) by Lillian Hoban

    A Bargain for Frances by Russell Hoban

    Bear (series) by Frank Asch

    Clifford  (series) by Norman Bridwell

    Commander Toad (series) by Jane Yolen

    Curious George (series) by Margret & H.A. Rey

    D.W. (series) by Marc Brown

    Fox (series) by Edward Marshal

    Franklin (series)  by Sharon Jennings

    Frog and Toad (series) by Arnold Lobel

    Froggy (series) by Jonathan London

    Henry and Mudge (series) by Cynthia Rylant

    Harry the Dirty Dog (series) by Gene Zion

    High-Rise Private Eyes (series) by Cynthia Rylant


    Houndsley and Catina (series) by James Howe

    Iris and Walter (series) by Elissa Haden Guest

    Jimmy’s Boa (series) by Trinka Hakes Noble

    Little Bear (series) by Else Holmelund Minarik

    Lovable Lyle by Bernard Waber

    Henry and Mudge (series) by Cynthia Rylant

    Meet M & M  (series) by Pat Ross

    Mercy Watson (series) by Kate DiCamillo

    Mr. Putter andTabby  (series) by Cynthia Rylant

    Minnie & Moo (series) by Denys Cazet

    Nate the Great (series) by Sharmat

    Poppleton (series) by Mark Teague

    Ruby the Copycat  by Peggy Rathmann

    Watch Out, Ronald Morgan! By Patricia Reilly Giff

    Young Cam Jansen (series) by David Adler