Friday, October 27, 2006

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Family Literacy Day: First held in 1994, the annual event is officially celebrated on November 1st, but many events are held throughout the month of November. Make sure to check the Tips for Parents.

Parents, interested in the ‘grade level’ of a book, magazine or newspaper article? There are any number of different readability formulas in use; some of the more familiarones are: Dale-Chall, Flesch-Kincaid, Gunning-Fog and Spache. Another, the Lexile Framework for Reading analyzes the number of words per sentence, vocabulary, and how often hard words are repeated.

John Grisham novels are easier to read than “Harry Potter” or “Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery.” The Lexile scale ranges from 200 for beginning readers to 1700 for advanced readers [it can go from below 0 to over 2000]. Some Lexile scales: New York Times – 1380; USA Today – 1200; The Pelican Brief – 660; Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia - 220. NoveList, available at some libraries, has Lexile measures for over 120,000 fiction titles.

You can also analyze up to 5,000 words free of charge on the Lexile website.
They have a database of Lexile measures for over 100,000 books.

Grolier Online now offers Lexile measures for over 115,000 articles. It is available on the Burbank Public Library’s e-resources page; you just need a Burbank library card !

T. V.
If kids are entertained by two letters, imagine the fun they'll have with 26.
Open your child's imagination. Open a book.

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