Determine Reading Levels with the Literacy Leveler App
When Amy Koester tweeted about the Literacy Leveler app being free for a limited time just after two of my classes discussed leveling systems, I decided to give it a try, particularly because Amy’s recommendations are always great.
The app offers a few ways to find books at the appropriate level. If you are browsing books in a library or bookstore, it offers the option to scan the book’s barcode to see what level it is appropriate for. Alternatively, if you are trying to find appropriate books when you aren’t near hardcopies of them, you can search via title, author, or any of the leveling systems. The app includes Lexile®, Developmental Reading Assessment® (DRA), and Guided Reading leveling systems. While I think that it would be great to be able to search by subject or ISBN, the existing options work well. Literacy Leveler concentrates on books for children from kindergarten through the end of middle school, so it primarily includes those books. If you search for books outside of that range or try to scan their ISBN, it is unlikely to have results. It also only includes some of the leveling systems for certain books, but this limitation is mitigated by the correlation chart that is included to help you translate from one system to the other. Though there are minor limitations to the app, it is a fast way to find the level for a book, particularly when you have a hardcopy of the book in front of you. Once you have identified books of interest, you can also add them to your library within the app to save them for later, which can be helpful if you want to act on the information at another time. The app is currently available for iOS and Android devices and is $4.99 for each platform. As I noted above, I found out about this app from Amy Koester on Twitter; she is a great librarian to follow for all sorts of ideas, but I would particularly recommend checking out her new series of posts on STEM programming over on The Library As Incubator Project.