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Word-Y Wordless Wednesday: Book Wizards Do Exist! - Reading with Bean

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Word-Y Wordless Wednesday: Book Wizards Do Exist!

Yes, I am a Lord of the Rings super-fan. I usually don’t let it cross into my children’s literature superhero life, but I couldn’t resist today.

The Book Wizard I am referring to isn’t my beloved Gandalf, but a website that I access often.

Scholastic’s Book Wizard  (Bookmark it!)

I use the Book Wizard to find a book’s level, and to find names of books at a certain level. Why do you need to know book levels? So that your child is reading at the right level, in just right books. Why is this important? Here is a snippet from my post about series:

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While The Wizard, as I lovingly call it, does not always have the book you’re looking for, it makes leveling easy. Unfortunately not all books are labeled with their level, so parents and teachers can become easily frustrated when trying to find just right books. In addition, there are many different leveling systems, and this can be confusing. My advice is to pick one leveling system (using your child’s school system is best) and stick with it. You can find out their level in other systems by using a correlation chart. Correlation chart is here. (Bookmark it!)

How to use the Book Wizard: 

1. Insert the title of a book and pick your leveling measurement (I use Guided Reading, which is letter-based). Click FIND BOOK.

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Once you enter a book’s title you will get this in return:

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You can then click on BOOK ALIKE to find similarly leveled books, or you can click the book’s title for a synopsis and more information.

As you can see there are also tabs that allow you to search for similar books and search by reading level.

Once you are committed to helping your children find appropriately leveled books, you will find this an invaluable resource.

A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.

2 Comments

  1. How awesome, I never knew about this feature. I’ll have to try it – so many books aren’t leveled making it tough to know which are the right ones for my kiddo. And I love Scholastic – was at their store over the weekend for a birthday party, they did such a nice job 🙂

    • readingwithbean

      I have never been to the store. Hopefully it’s arranged in an easy way for parents!
      I know- the leveling is really tricky. It took me a long time to figure out, but I wish it was easier for parents who don’t have all the correlation charts, book wizards, etc…

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