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You can easily find books and build custom reading lists using the free Find a Book tool. Does your child like fairies? Try fairy tales or fantasy. Do they want to learn more about animals and nature? You can add those books too — all at the right level of challenge that will help your child improve their reading ability. Once you’ve created a list of books, you can get them at a library, bookstore or online retailer.

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your Lexile measure. If you don’t know your Lexile measure, you can search for books based on your grade level.
  3. Choose 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 your reading list. You can print the list or email it to yourself, teachers, librarians or anyone else you choose.

More Tips for Using Find a Book

Choosing Books Above or Below Your Child’s Lexile Range

For the most part, it’s best to choose books within your child’s Lexile range. Your child will comprehend them better without getting frustrated. However, there are times when you might want to choose books below or above a Lexile reader measure.

  • Materials with a higher Lexile text measure can be a good challenge for advanced and enthusiastic readers. A hard but interesting book can open the door to other books on the same subject.
  • Materials with a lower Lexile text measure often helps struggling and reluctant readers to build confidence and skills with less challenging books on their topics of choice.

If Your Child Doesn’t Have a Lexile Reader Measure

You can still find books and build reading lists without a Lexile reader measure. Find a Book can estimate a starting Lexile range based on your child’s grade and comfort with the reading materials at that grade level. Then, based on the book search results, you can further refine the Lexile range to select books that best support successful reading.

Is it Age-Appropriate? Lexile Codes

Lexile measures are a quantitative measure for text complexity. They don’t address whether the book is appropriate for your child’s age. Some books also have a two-letter designation that appears before a Lexile measure called a Lexile Code. This code (for example, AD580L) provides more information about the book’s developmental appropriateness, reading difficulty and common or intended usage. 

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