What level are Short Books?

All Short Book series have now been leveled by us to correspond to Fountas-Pinnell and Reading Recovery levels! Leveling Short Books allows teachers to match the books to the reader's ability. They can also be a useful tool for on-going assessment and a measurement of reading growth and progress.

In general, all Short Books are useful for the pre-emergent (pre-reading) and the emergent beginning reader. Preschool, kindergarten, and first grade students benefit from these early readers.

The word count in the books range from 14 words to over 50 words per book. It has been our experience that the readers progress at a faster pace through the books in each series because the text is cumulative – the vocabulary in each book builds upon the next. The First Word Series (Red Books) are the simplest text appropriate for pre-emergent and readers moving into the emergent levels. The Companion Books (White Books) provide additional practice in the same text as the red books but in a different format. These books serve the same readers. The Early Word Series (Green Books) are designed for the more emergent reader. Please refer to the book leveling equivalency chart for more detailed leveling information.

First Word Series - Red Books
Title Number Word Count Grade Level Reading Level Fountas-Pinnell Level Reading Recovery Level
A 1 14 pre-kindergarten pre-emergent
I See 2 25 pre-kindergarten / kindergarten pre-emergent
My 3 23 pre-kindergarten / kindergarten pre-emergent
The 4 25 pre-kindergarten / kindergarten pre-emergent
Go / To 5 29 pre-kindergarten / kindergarten pre-emergent
And 6 38 kindergarten pre-emergent / emergent A 1
Can 7 33 kindergarten pre-emergent / emergent A 1
You 8 40 kindergarten pre-emergent / emergent B 2
Am 9 35 kindergarten pre-emergent / emergent B 2
On / Look 10 46 kindergarten / 1st emergent C 3
Is 11 35 kindergarten pre-emergent / emergent B 2
At 12 35 kindergarten pre-emergent / emergent B 2
Me 13 33 kindergarten pre-emergent / emergent B 2
This 14 45 kindergarten / 1st emergent C 3
He / She 15 28 kindergarten pre-emergent / emergent B 2
We 16 32 kindergarten pre-emergent / emergent B 2
In 17 45 kindergarten / 1st emergent C 3
Do / Like 18 51 kindergarten / 1st emergent C 3
It 19 40 kindergarten / 1st emergent B 2
Come 20 39 kindergarten / 1st emergent B 2
Up 21 44 kindergarten / 1st emergent C 3
Here 22 29 kindergarten pre-emergent / emergent A 1
At the Zoo 23 52 kindergarten / 1st emergent C 3
Early Word Series - Green Books
Title Number Word Count Grade Level Reading Level Fountas-Pinnell Level Reading Recovery Level
Put 24 68 kindergarten / 1st emergent C 3
With 25 54 kindergarten / 1st emergent C 3
What 26 56 1st grade (phonics) emergent D 4
Where 27 45 kindergarten / 1st emergent C 3
Was 28 35 kindergarten emergent B 2
Were 29 68 1st emergent C 3
This / That / Then / They 30 47 1st (phonics) emergent D 4
Went 31 33 kindergarten / 1st emergent B 2
Saw 32 59 kindergarten / 1st emergent C 3
Has / Have 33 63 kindergarten / 1st emergent D 4
Companion Series - White Books
Title Number Word Count Grade Level Reading Level Fountas-Pinnell Level Reading Recovery Level
A 1 14 pre-kindergarten pre-emergent
I See 2 24 pre-kindergarten pre-emergent
My 3 23 pre-kindergarten
The 4 23 pre-kindergarten pre-emergent
Go / To 5 29 pre-kindergarten pre-emergent
And 6 45 kindergarten pre-emergent / emergent A 1
Can 7 33 kindergarten pre-emergent / emergent A 1
You 8 33 kindergarten pre-emergent / emergent A 1