Level J Books

Leveled Reading is a system that is used to track children’s reading progression and help find books that correspond with that level.

Level J books begin to contain unfamiliar concepts and settings unfamiliar to most children. Level J books may include some beginning chapter books and make use of underlying organizational structure. Readers are reading from different genres and continue to be able to process more complex sentences.


I Want My Hat Back

Jon Klassen

The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it. Each animal says no, some more elaborately than others. But just as the bear begins to despond, a deer comes by and asks a simple question that sparks the bear’s memory and renews his search with a vengeance. Told completely in dialogue, this delicious take on the classic repetitive tale plays out in sly illustrations laced with visual humor-- and winks at the reader with a wry irreverence that will have kids of all ages thrilled to be in on the joke.

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Mouse Soup

Arnold Lobel

From Arnold Lobel, the beloved author and illustrator of the Newbery Honor and Caldecott Honor award-winning Frog and Toad books. This I Can Read book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 5 to 7 who are ready to read independently. It’s a fun way to keep your child engaged and as a supplement for activity books for children. Weasel is ready for his dinner, and poor Mouse is it. Can Mouse stop Weasel from serving up mouse soup for supper? The clever mouse tells the weasel four stories to make the soup tasty—then manages to trick the weasel and get home safely.

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Duck! Rabbit!

Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Two unseen characters argue about whether the creature they are looking at is a rabbit or a duck.

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My Lucky Day

Keiko Kasza

When a young pig knocks on a fox's door, Mr. Fox thinks dinner has arrived, but the pig has other plans, in a funny trickster tale with a surprise ending.

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There’s a Fly Guy in My Soup

Tedd Arnold

At a fancy hotel dinner, Fly Guy gets into some trouble--and the restaurant's soup! When Buzz and his family have dinner in a fancy hotel's restaurant, Fly Guy isn't allowed in. After searching through the hotel's trash, Fly Guy smells a wonderful aroma coming from the restaurant's kitchen. Fly Guy causes some messy mayhem in the restaurant, and in the end, everyone needs a bath!

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Poppleton in Fall

Cynthia Rylant, Mark Teague

Poppleton the pig enjoys the company of geese flying south, buys a new winter coat with the help of his friend Cherry Sue, and tries to order pancakes at the Lion's Club breakfast.

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Danny and the Dinosaur

Syd Hoff

Danny loves dinosaurs! When he sees one at the museum and says, "It would be nice to play with a dinosaur," a voice answers, "And I think it would be nice to play with you." So begins Danny and the Dinosaur's wonderful adventures together. For Danny and his prehistoric playmate, even the most everyday activities become extraordinary, like finding a big-enough place to hide a dinosaur in a game of hide-and-seek. But Danny can teach an old dinosaur new tricks. It's the most fun this dinosaur has had in a hundred million years!

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A Fly Went By

Mike McClintock, Marshall McClintock

A boy halts a complicated, wild chase when he discovers that there really is no reason for the participants to be afraid and run away

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Hop on Pop

Dr. Seuss

Pairs of rhyming words are used in simple sentences to help beginning readers understand the use of words and phrases.

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Duck on a Bike

David Shannon

One day down on the farm, Duck got a wild idea. "I bet I could ride a bike," he thought. He waddled over to where the boy parked his bike, climbed on and began to ride. At first he rode slowly and he wobbled a lot, but it was fun! Duck rode past Cow and waved to her. "Hello, Cow!" said Duck. "Moo," said Cow. But what she thought was, "A duck on a bike? That's the silliest thing I've ever seen!" And so Duck rides past sheep, horse, and all the other barnyard animals. Suddenly, a group of kids ride by on their bikes and run into the farmhouse, leaving the bikes outside. Now ALL the animals can ride bikes, just like Duck!

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There was an Old Lady who Swallowed Fly Guy

Tedd Arnold

After accidentally swallowing her grandson's pet fly, Grandma tries to retrieve it by consuming progressively larger animals.

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Splat the Cat: Splat the Cat Sings Flat

Rob Scotton

Splat's class is preparing to sing on Parents' Night, but Splat has stage fright! What will it take for him to overcome his fear?

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The Pigeon Needs a Bath!

Mo Willems

The Pigeon really needs a bath! Except, the Pigeon's not so sure about that. Besides, he took a bath last month! Maybe. It's going to take some serious convincing to try and get the Pigeon to take the plunge.

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Harry the Dirty Dog

Gene Zion

Harry is a white dog with black spots who loves everything . . . except baths. So one day before bath time, Harry runs away. He plays outside all day long, digging and sliding in everything from garden soil to pavement tar. By the time he returns home, Harry is so dirty he looks like a black dog with white spots. His family doesn't even recognize him!

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Leonardo the terrible monster

Mo Willems

Leonardo is a terrible monster. He can't seem to frighten anyone. Then, one day, he meets a nervous boy called Sam and finds out that being a good friend is a whole lot more rewarding than trying to scare people.

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