Lexile by Chapter Guides

What are they?

Lexile by Chapter Guides explore the text complexity within a book by providing Lexile measures for every chapter in the text. Each guide includes a graph and table displaying the Lexile information to help educators, parents, and students better understand where the peaks and valleys of complexity reside within a text. 

How do I use them?

Instructionally, educators can use this information to plan reading activities in the classroom. Educators can determine which chapters present the highest syntactic and semantic demand and where more instructional scaffolding and discussion may be needed. They can also use the guides to determine which chapters present less syntactic and semantic demand and might be opportunities to better engage students in other important learning activities such as the ability to write and verbalize supporting ideas and arguments with textual evidence. Parents can use the guides to focus on where additional discussion may be needed to enrich or support their child’s comprehension. And students themselves can benefit from thinking about where in the text they may need to engage in close reading. All guides also offer the suggested Lexile grade bands for college and career readiness.

Fiction and Novels

Popular Elementary School Titles

Popular Middle School Titles

Popular High School Titles

An Elephant in the Garden New!
Because of Winn Dixie New!
Bud, Not Buddy
Charlotte's Web
Dragonwings (grades 4-5) New!
Esperanza Rising (grades 4-5) New!
Hatchet (grades 4-5)
Holes (grades 4-5)
Island of the Blue Dolphins
James and the Giant Peach
Maniac Magee
On the Banks of Plum Creek
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (grades 4-5)
Sarah Plain and Tall
Shiloh New!
The Black Stallion
The Cricket in Times Square New!
The Sign of the Beaver New!
The Watsons Go to Birmingham (grades 4-5)
Tuck Everlasting
George Washington's Socks (coming soon!)
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town (coming soon!)

A Wrinkle in Time
Dragonwings (grades 6-8) New!
Esperanza Rising (grades 6-8) New!
Freak the Mighty New!
Hatchet (grades 6-8)
Holes (grades 6-8)
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (grades 6-8)
Speak (grades 6-8)
Stargirl New!
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (grades 6-8) New!
The Giver
The House of Scorpion
The House on Mango Street (grades 6-8)
The Outsiders (grades 6-8)
The Pearl (grades 6-8)
The Watsons Go to Birmingham (grades 6-8)
To Kill a Mockingbird (grades 6-8)
Touching Spirit Bear (grades 6-8)

The Hunger Games (coming soon!)

A Farewell to Arms New!
Animal Farm New!
Brave New World

Cry, the Beloved Country New!
Fahrenheit 451
Great Expectations New!
Lord of the Flies
Night New!
Of Mice and Men
Speak (grades 9-10)
Tarzan of the Apes New!
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (grades 9-10) New!
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Awakening
The Grapes of Wrath
The Great Gatsby
The House on Mango Street (grades 9-10)
The Outsiders (grades 9-10)
The Pearl (grades 9-10)
The Scarlet Letter
Things Fall Apart
To Kill a Mockingbird (grades 9-10)
Touching Spirit Bear (grades 9-10)





















Informational Text and Literary Non-Fiction

Popular Middle School Titles

Popular High School Titles

Chasing Lincoln's Killer New!
Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines (grades 6-8) New!
No Summit Out of Sight New!
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler New!
The Omnivore's Dilemma (Young Reader's Edition) New!
Team Moon New!
We Beat the Street New!

A Long Way Gone New!
A Room of One's Own New!
Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines (grades 9-10) New!
Friday Night Lights New!
In Defense of Food New!
Into The Wild New!
The Pact New!
Twelve Years a Slave New!

How to Read Literature Like a Professor (revised edition) (coming soon!)












How were books chosen for the guides?

Many of the books listed above were originally selected based upon research into the most commonly taught full-length works at various levels (Applebee, 1989; Shanahan and Duffett, 2013). Additional titles have been added in consultation with classroom teachers and school librarians from across the country. Because some titles are assigned in multiple grade levels, you might see the same book appear in more than one category.

How might these chapter measures impact our current processes for evaluating text complexity?

Drilling down to examine Lexile measures by chapter provides a great complement to the overall Lexile measure of a work and a deeper understanding of these quantitative measures. Then, in unison with the qualitative measures of text complexity, these chapter-by-chapter measures provide additional insight when thinking through the reader and task considerations. For example, considering the variability among the chapters within a work might help a teacher to better select a text for an individual student. Additionally, considering where the text complexity appears higher or lower within a text might provide insight into planning the instructional activities and tasks used in the classroom. These chapter-by-chapter measures expand and enrich our understanding of text complexity, and provide additional information and insight when making professional decisions about what texts we teach and how we might teach them.

Want to offer feedback or suggest additional titles for Lexile by Chapter Guides?

Over time the number of guides provided here will grow, and their content and design will evolve. But first we want to know what YOU think! We want to make sure that Lexile by Chapter Guides meet your needs, so please take a few minutes to complete this short survey. To submit general questions about Lexile by Chapter Guides please visit our support center.

Additionally, regardless of which books are present in your curricula, if you have an electronic copy of the text and are registered on you can analyze your text using the Lexile Analyzer. Please keep in mind that the measures produced by the Lexile Analyzer are not certified measures. A video tutorial outlining how the Lexile Analyzer is used can be found on YouTube.