I’m an educator, and when my husband and I decided to start our book publishing company, Barnes Brothers Books, last year on March 31, 2019, I knew I needed input from educators. Since our company’s creation was inspired by our boys, and they love to write, we knew the first two books published had to be written by them. Their books were well received by teachers and librarians; however, teachers said they wished they knew what the book levels were. I understood that need.
As a former English teacher and elementary and secondary literacy coach, I know that teachers need this information. I do promote students reading books of interest, and I do not believe that students should be forced to only read books on their level, yet I know that knowing a book’s level helps teachers ensure they are incorporating books of all genres and levels in their classroom library.
I took the feedback seriously to make this happen. Any teacher will tell you, there are many leveling systems such as Fountas and Pinnell, Guided Reading, Accelerated Reader, etc. I decided to start with Lexile because of its global reach and the fact that Lexile data is listed on assessments teachers use such as NWEA.
Now, our first two published books, My Family’s Great Smoky Mountains Adventure and Ghost Text, have a Lexile assigned and are listed on the Lexile website! Moving forward, all of our books will have the Lexile printed on the cover. Our first two books have been updated so new copies will have this information on the back cover. Click here to view My Family’s Great Smoky Mountains Adventure on the Lexile website, and click here to view Ghost Text on the Lexile website. Click here to view the Lexile grade range chart.
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