If you’re the parent of a sixth-grader at the Upper Elementary School, you have undoubtedly heard of Lexile measures for reading. In fact, you may feel your universe suddenly revolves around Lexile measures, with every waking hour spent trying to find books in your child’s Lexile range.
For those not in the know, a Lexile measure is a “piece of information about either an individual's reading ability or the difficulty of a text,” according to Lexile.com. Students’ standardized test scores for reading provide their Lexile range. Books are analyzed by the MetaMetrics company for word frequency and sentence length to determine their Lexile score. Lexile scores provide a starting place for students to find books in a variety of genres that will challenge them to grow as readers.
At the Moorestown Library, we’ve dealt with many requests involving Lexile measures in recent years, and we are committed to working with teachers, parents and students to help young people find good books to satisfy their school requirements and broaden their reading horizons.
We are pleased to unveil a new addition to our website that allows parents and students to search for books by Lexile measure in the categories required by the sixth grade curriculum: realistic fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, science fiction, traditional literature, biography/autobiography/memoir and informational text. Through our Lexile list, readers can check the availability of their selected books and even place holds.
Check it out by visiting www.moorestown.lib.nj.us and clicking on the Lexile banner at the top of the page.