Beyond Leveled Readers: Finding Engaging Books to Support Beginning Readers


  • Maria Leija University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Miriam Martinez University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Samuel DeJulio University of Texas at San Antonio


leveled readers, Geisel award, beginning reading, Children's Literature


Teachers of beginning readers have choices in the books they select. A careful look at the features of books provides an informed basis for choosing books that engage young readers. In this article we share insights from a comparative content analysis of leveled readers and Geisel award books that can motivate children to read and prepare them for entry into the world of authentic children’s literature. We end the article with descriptions of diverse award winning and honor books that can be used in interactive read alouds with beginning readers and provide recommendations for preparing for an interactive read aloud using one of the books.


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