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Educators can easily build custom reading lists for students using the free “Find a Book” tool. You can choose books based on subject and student reading ability, and then locate your book at the library or in a bookstore.

How to Use “Find a Book”

  1. Go to fab.Lexile.com.
  2. Enter the student’s Lexile measure. If you don’t know a student’s Lexile measure, you can search for books based on their comfort with grade-level materials.
  3. Select the student’s interest categories.
  4. View and refine the search results. As you browse books, click the “Find This Book” button next to the book title to check for availability at the local public library.
  5. Add books to the student’s reading list. You can print the custom list or email it to other teachers or the student’s parents.

Other Tips for Using “Find a Book”

Choosing Books Above or Below a Student’s Lexile Range

Generally, choosing books within a student’s Lexile range is best. This way, students advance their literacy skills without getting frustrated. However, there are times when you might want to choose books below or above a child’s reported Lexile reader measure.

  • Choosing materials with a higher Lexile text measure for advanced and enthusiastic readers can challenge them with a hard but interesting book.
  • Choosing materials with a lower Lexile text measure can allow struggling and reluctant readers to build confidence and skills with less challenging books on their topics of choice.

If a Student Doesn’t Have a Lexile Reader Measure

You can still build reading lists for students without knowing their reported Lexile reader measure from a test. “Find a Book” can estimate a student’s starting Lexile range based on the student’s grade and comfort with the reading materials at that grade level. Then, based on the book search results, you can help students further refine their book search results to select titles that best support successful reading.

Age-Appropriate Content: Lexile Codes

The Lexile measure (text complexity) of a book is an excellent starting point for a student’s book selection. It’s important, though, to understand that the book’s Lexile measure should not be the only factor in a student’s book selection process. A Lexile measure is a quantitative measure of text complexity only. Lexile measures do not consider factors such as age-appropriateness, interest and prior knowledge. These are also key factors when matching children and adolescents with books they might like and are able to read. Some books also have a two-letter designation that appears before a Lexile measure (for example, AD580L) called a Lexile Code. Lexile codes provide more information about developmental appropriateness, reading difficulty and common or intended usage of books. Learn more about Lexile Codes.