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Eastern Washington University Libraries

Children's Literature

Lexile Codes

These codes help determine developmental appropriateness, not just a Lexile score for text.

AD: Adult directed (Picture books to read aloud)

NC: Non-conforming (Does not match interest level)

HL: High-interest, Low-readability (Reluctant teens)

IG Illustrated Guide (Independent pieces like encyclopedias)

GN: Graphic novel (Speech bubbles)

BR Beginning Reading (Emergent reader)

NP  Non prose (Poems, plays, songs, alphabet books)


Lexile Scale

from Lexile Site-

Typical Reader and Text Measures by Grade



Reader Measures
(Interquartile Range, Mid-Year)
25th - 75th percentile

Text Measures
(from the Lexile Map)
25th - 75th percentile
1 Up to 300L 200L to 400L
2 140L to 500L 300L to 500L
3 330L to 700L 500L to 700L
4 445L to 810L 650L to 850L
5 565L to 910L 750L to 950L
6 665L to 1000L 850L to 1050L
7 735L to 1065L 950L to 1075L
8 805L to 1100L 1000L to 1100L
9 855L to 1165L 1050L to 1150L
10 905L to 1195L 1100L to 1200L
11 and 12 940L to 1210L 1100L to 1300L

Graphic Novels K-8

Informational Books

Historical Fiction

Modern Fantasy

Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Traditional Fantasy