Answered By: Dean Smith
Last Updated: Mar 16, 2017     Views: 587

Some books—mostly children's books—list a Reading Level in the catalog using the Lexile system. (If you're using a different reading level scheme, see the conversion chart below.)

  1. Go to the catalog, search for the book and click its title to see the book's information page. 

    Screenshot of clicking the book title, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."
     
  2. Click Full Record, which appears below the book's summary.

    Screenshot indicating the Full Record link.
     
  3. If the Reading Level is available, it will appear below the ISBN:

    Reading Level: 880L
     

If the reading level is not available, Ask a Librarian. We can investigate.

The call number can also give insight into the level:

Children:

  • BRB – Board Books (babies, toddlers)
  • E – Picture Books (preschool)
  • E1 – Early Reader (1st to 2nd grade readers)
  • J – Primary (3rd to 5th grade readers)

Teen:

  • Y – Young Adult (6th to 9th grade readers)


You can also search the catalog for books at a specific reading level. Here's how: 

Search the Catalog by Reading Level
 

Reading Level Conversion Chart

Grade Level Accelerated Reader  DRA Level* Lexile 
K .1-1.2 A-2 Beginning
Reader
1 1.2-1.4 2 100
6
1.5-1.7 10 200
14
1.8-2.1 16 300
2
2.2-2.6 18 400
20
2.7-3.2 24 500
3 28
3.3-3.9 600
30
34
36
38
4
4.1-4.7 40 700
42
5 44
5.0-5.8 800
6
6.0-7.0 900
 
 
7-8 7-8.9   1000
9-12 9-12.9   1150


*DRA, or Developmental Reading Assessment, is used by the Austin Independent School District.