Books for Guided Reading

Instructor: Leah Salyer
Guided reading is a process in which teachers supervise student reading, typically in small groups, and assist with reading fluency and comprehension strategies. When participating in guided reading activities, many teachers prefer to use leveled readers in order to better reach all students regardless of their reading level and ability. Read on for suggestions on books to use for guided reading activities.

Using Leveled Readers for Guided Reading

Leveled reading texts can be extremely helpful for guided reading exercises in the classroom. These books are available as a series split up into different reading levels, which allows teachers to accommodate students across a range of reading ability levels. They include vocabulary for students to review as well as comprehension and discussion questions at the end of the story. Some of the available series are listed below.

Rigby PM Books

This series accommodates students in grades K-5 offering over 1000 fiction and non-fiction titles. It also offers 30 different reading levels and is compatible with Common Core teaching.

For more information about Common Core standards, view our lesson on understanding the Common Core.

Scholastic First Little Readers

This series is designed specifically for children who are just beginning to read. These books offer engaging illustrations and very easy to read text. The series comes at three reading levels and includes teacher guides.

To learn more about early literacy, check out our collection of lessons on phonics and fluency in early childhood.

Scholastic Science Vocabulary Readers

Guided reading isn't just for language arts class! The practice can also be used and is encouraged in other subjects as well. These science reading sets offer a short series of books grouped by topics, such as the solar system and plant life cycles.

To further engage students in reading about science, pair these books with the animated lessons in our Science for Kids course.

Song Lake Books: The Non-Fiction Collection

This book series has 60 titles and 20 levels. There are 3 titles for each of the 20 levels. Topics include history, wild animals, art, careers, and more!

If you're looking for more information on teaching reading, such as encouraging fluency, reading assessment, or diversity in reading education, explore the resources in our course on reading instruction. For more information on the guided reading process, visit our lesson What is Guided Reading? - Definition and Levels.

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