Some Additional Help with Leveling Books

End of Grade 1 to Beginning of Grade 3

Check out the Correlation Table. As a general guideline, children in Grade 1 should be reading at Level H (DRA 14) by the end of the year with 90-95% accuracy.  Children in Grade 2 should be reading at Level K-L-M (DRA 24-28) by the end of the year with 90-95% accuracy. Here are some leveled benchmark books that may help as a general assessment of a child’s oral fluency.


Level H-  DRA 14                                         
A Tree is Nice
Wimberly Worried
Just me and My Dad
We Are Best Friends
My Five Senses (Aliki)
More Spaghetti, I Say

Level I--   DRA  16

Small Pig
The Very Busy Spider
Who Took The Farmer's Hat
Noisy Nora
Henny Penny (Paul Gold.)
There's A Nightmare In my Closet
Hattie and The Fox
Leo The Late Bloomer
The Napping House

Level J--DRA 18
The Very Hungry caterpillar
The Doorbell rang
Days with Frog and Toad
Harry and The lady next Door
Danny and the Dinosaur
Where the Wild Things Are
The Snowy Day
Little Bear
A Kiss For Little Bear


Level K--DRA 20
Ronald Morgan Goes to Bat
Chester's Way
Franklin and the Tooth Fairy
Daniel's Dinosaur
Nate the Great
Frog and Toad All year
Caps for Sale
A Pocket for Corduroy
Sheila Rae the Brave
Frog and Toad Together
Bony Legs
The Giant Jam Sandwich
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Nate the Great and the Sticky case
If You Give a Moose A muffin
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Arthur's Pen pal
Jamaica's Find
Just Us Women
No Tooth, No Quarter
Ruby the Copycat
Best Friends for Frances
Little Polar Bear and the Brave Little Hare
The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash
Night Tree
Commander Toad in Space
Franklin Goes to Day Camp
Franklin Goes to School
Clifford The Big Red Dog
The Very Worst Monster
The Easter Ribbit
Don't Need Friends
The Five Chinese Brothers
Koala Lou
A House for Hermit Crab
When I Was Young in the Mountains
Sleepy Owl
The Relatives Came
Zomo, the Rabbi

Level  L---DRA  24
Miss Nelson has a Field Day
Hungry, Hungry Sharks
Cam Jansen and the Ghostly Mystery
Horrible Harry and The Green Slime
Hill of Fire
Afternoon on the Amazon
Miss Nelson is Missing
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Perfect the Pig
Candy Corn Contest
The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy
Amelia Bedelia
The True Story of Balto
Tales of Amanda Pig
Little Penguin's Tale
Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping
Whistle for Willie
Gregory The Terrible Eater
George and Martha
Stephanie's Ponytail
Alexander, Who's Not Going To Move
Lyle, Lyle Crocodile
Bard Dance
Tops and Bottoms
Horrible Harry's Secret
Tacky the Penguin
Ming Lo Moves the Mountain
The Mother's Day Mice
Piggie Pie
Fish is Fish
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
Tikki, Tikki Tembo
The Gingerbread Baby

Level M   DRA 28

The Beast In Mrs. Rooney's Room
The One In The Middle Is A Green Kangaroo
Aliens For Lunch
Arthur and the Lost Dairy
The Chalk Box Kid
Molly's Pilgrim
Dinosaurs Before Dark
Freckle Juice
Fish Face
Authur's Missing Envelope
The Mitten
The Drinking Gourd (Monjo)
Chicken Sunday
Sunset of the Sabertooth
Cherries and Cherry Pits
The Art lesson
Some Birthday
Martha Speaks
The Trouble With Trolls
Second Grade Friends
Rosie and Michael
Zipping, Zapping, Zooming Bats
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
Strega Nona
Commotion in the Ocean
The Empty Pot
Tar Beach
The Red Racer
Alexander Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday

Level N--DRA  30
The Enormous Crocodile
The Stories Julian Tells
The Cloud Book
Lion Dancer
Flat Stanley
A Toad for Tuesday
The Cat Who Wore a Pot On Her Head
Armadillo Rodeo