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Children's Books and Vocabulary Targets

The following books are some that I have used in speech/language therapy sessions. The chart below each title lists words from the book or related to it. The grade levels indicated were determined using the "Essential words by grade level" list by Marzano et al. in the Paynter et al. text listed on the "Vocabulary Resources" page. In some cases, the grade level for the word is based on the root word. For example, "conference" is not listed, but the word "confer" is listed as a 6th grade level word.

Amos and Boris by William Steig

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 3.7
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 5.8
1st
Grade
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade



flung
passenger
necessities
ambitions
privilege
overwhelmed
leisurely
conference
immense

Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 4.5
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 4.7
1st
Grade
2nd Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
proud
mutter

suppose
grateful
prefer
reflect
stunned
frantically
collapse

Flash Cards

Scrambled Words Puzzle
Word Search

A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 3.5
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 4.7
1st
Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade


announce
disappear (appear)
examine
heaping
relieve
specialist
huddle
contagious
disaster
extraordinary (ordinary)
fret
mumble
plump
recognize
sprout
impress
vanish
weird
distract
Scholastic Resources: http://bookwizard.scholastic.com/tbw/viewWorkDetail.do?workId=2261&

Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 1.8
Flesch-Kincaid Index:
Not
Listed
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade
Emotions
Character
Traits

cover
achy
moan
sip
shiver
celebrate
huddled
fetch
soothes
wheezes
coax

weak
miserable
lively

Author Website http://www.karmawilson.com/books/bear/sick.htm

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 2.1
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 2.6
Not
Listed
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade
Emotions
Character
Traits









Author Website
http://www.karmawilson.com/books/bear/snores.htm

Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 2.2
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 2.9
1st
Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade

soundly (sound)
frown
mutters
doze
fade
bustles
hoist
plods
stomp
stoop
tidy
toils
trudge

Author Website http://www.karmawilson.com/books/bear/staysup.htm

Chester's Way by Kevin Henkes

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 3.1
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 5.2
1st
Grade
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade

pleasant (please)
rarely
reminded
disguise
remarks
diagonally
miniature
personal
duplicate
Scholastic Resources http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/book.jsp?id=322
Kevin Henkes' website http://kevinhenkes.com/

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent:
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 6.0
Scholastic Resources http://bookwizard.scholastic.com/tbw/viewWorkDetail.do?workId=171&
Not
Listed
1st
Grade
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade
fascinating
longingly (long)
pleasant (please)
dreadful
appreciate
envious
informed
scarcely
trifle
wilted
Kevin Henkes' website http://kevinhenkes.com/

Cinderella Penguin or the Little Glass Flipper by Janet Perlman

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 4.6
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 5.2
1st
Grade
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade


squarely
attention
admiring
magnificent
glanced
tatters
vain
transformed
posing
marvelled
National Film Board of Canada Video of Cinderella Penguin This unnarrated video can be used as students retell the story they have read with you. http://www.nfb.ca/film/the_tender_tale_of_cinderella_penguin

CLICK, CLACK, MOO Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 1.3
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 2.9
Not
Listed
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade
boring
ultimatum
decide
gather
impossible
problem
strike
emergency
exchange
snoop
demand
furious
neutral
sincerely

Scholastic Resources: http://bookwizard.scholastic.com/tbw/viewWorkDetail.do?workId=1185219&

Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School by Mark Teague

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 6.0
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 6.0
Not
Listed
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade
queasy

disturb
melodramatic (drama)
moderate
prevented
constantly
barren
endured
neglected
retrieve

Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 1.2
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 5.3
Not
Listed
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade

decide
discover
offer
receive
available
demand
occasionally
resistant
evident
invade
Scholastic Resources http://bookwizard.scholastic.com/tbw/viewWorkDetail.do?workId=1182433&

Flash cards

Word Search

Scrambled Words


How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 2.6
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 5.7
Not
Listed
1st
Grade
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade
ringmaster
surefooted
fire
pleasure (please)
argue
autograph
complain
hire
amaze
discouraged
embarassed
frustrating
organize
postmaster
solve
steep
jealous
suspense
fright

Jennifer and Josephine by Bill Peet

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 5.3
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 5.8
1st
Grade
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade

alarmed
rude
deserted
startled
desperate
skid
rickety
catastrophe
furious (fury)
flimsy
frantic
plunge
frenzy
Bill Peet's website http://www.billpeet.net/pages/jennifer.htm

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 3.5
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 5.0
Not
Listed
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade
volunteer
semi-circle (circle)
amuse
disturb
cooperate
express
privacy
stroll
demonstrate
fabulous
furious (fury)

Kevin Henkes' website http://kevinhenkes.com/

Listen Buddy by Helen Lester

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 2.8
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 3.7
Not
Listed
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade
Emotions
Character
Traits

gather
sprinkle
bundle
sniff
warned
permission
stalk
snarl
ponder
scruffy
frustrated
inattentive
obedient

Mary McLean and the St Patrick's Day Parade by Steven Kroll

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent:
Flesch-Kincaid Index:
1st
Grade
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade


puzzled
repair
capture
consider
crouch
drape
exhausted
glance
huddle
imagine
laborer
steep
tramp
collapse
fringe
linger
marvelous
mischeivous
scoff

Me First by Helen Lester

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 3.6
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 3.6
1st
Grade
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade
pushy
decide
march
finish
wise
bend
crowed
delicious
distance
notice
serious
wise
plump
imagination
whimpered
pricked
cackled
privilege
concerning

Meanwhile... by Jules Feiffer

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 3.5
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 4.7
Not
Listed
1st
Grade
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade
infested
maneuvered
ducking

dash
scene
situation
clenched
scrawl
ferocious
request

The Memory Coat by Elvira Woodruff

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 3.7
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 4.7
Not
Listed
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade
enchanted
chaos
din
plead

voyage
ashamed
commotion
epidemic
grieve
immigrant
impression
interpreter
tattered


Pamela Camel by Bill Peet

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 3.5
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 6.2
Not
Listed
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade
aloof
terrified


awkward
glare
snickering
teeter
frantic
gratitude
insult
procession
swarming
triumph

The Penguin and the Pea by Janet Perlman

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 5.6
Flesch-Kincaid Index:
Not
Listed
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade
grubby
imposter

complain
discomfort (comfort)
shelter
weary
accepted
suspicious
delicate
genuine
gushed
intrigued

The Rain Came Down by David Shannon

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 1.8
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 3.9
Not
Listed
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade
bickering
windshield
deliver
grocer
argue
shimmer
taxi
traffic
squirmed
barber
grumbled
gutter
ruckus
shimmered
yowled

Scholastic Resources http://bookwizard.scholastic.com/tbw/viewWorkDetail.do?workId=2790&

Score One for the Sloths by Helen Lester

2.8 Grade Reading Level
1st
Grade
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade


content
recite
slumber
exhausted
mumble
munch
nudged
amble
custodian
drawl
dusk
fidget
impressive
occasionally
pacing
Helen Lester's website http://www.helenlester.com/

Sherman Crunchley by Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 3.3
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 5.0
1st
Grade
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade


complain
reminding
several
replied
relief
gasped
fainted
admired
foreign
mumbled
creating
confession
decorating
miserable
retired
distract

Sitting Ducks by Michael Bedard

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent:
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 6.8
Not
Listed
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade
bewildered
colossal
diner
wandered
delighted
awkward
rescue
steady
decoy
emerge
vigorously
pondered

Stickeen by John Muir, as retold by Donnell Rubay

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 3.5
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 5.1
Not
Listed
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade
aloof
crevasse


astride (stride)
forbidding
drenched
independent
plunge
caress
despair
persuaded

Terrific by Jon Agee

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 2.1
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 3.5
1st
Grade
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade


drift
diagram
secure
nasty
rescue
damage
expect
hauled
immediately
devoured
permanently
connect
stranded

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 5.1
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 5.5
Not
Listed
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade



crumbled
prowling
scent
swayed
trembling
determined
scorched
fragile
reinforced (enforce)
slurry (slur)

There wasn an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Frog by Lucille Colandro

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 2
Flesch-Kincaid Index:
Lexile Level: AD340L
Vocabulary Targets
1st
Grade
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
Emotions
Character
Traits
gain
hide
mistake
pardon
moisture (moist)*
conceal*
embarrassed
confused/preplexed (in a fog)
foolish
apologetic
Additional Communication Targets:
Identify and generate rhyming words (e.g., frog/fog)
Express regular past tense "-ed" verb morphemes (e.g., swallowed)
Identify and express object case feminine pronoun "she"
Identify and express infinitive phrases (e.g., to hide the frog)
Identify and express relative clauses beginning with "who" and "why" (e.g., who swallowed a _, why she swallowed )
Articulation targets:
Phoneme
  1. occurrences
/f/ initial
/fr/ initial
6
12
/l/ initial
/l/ medial
/l/ final
/ld/ final
10
34
5
10
/sw/ initial
34
Initial voiced "th"
48



Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 3.5
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 4.8
Not
Listed
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade
Emotions
Character
Traits

brave

instant
horizon
strode
overcome
surveyed
creased
slit
rumbled
sultry
fearful
confident
calm
Scholastic Resources: http://bookwizard.scholastic.com/tbw/viewWorkDetail.do?workId=952&

Toad by Ruth Brown

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 3.1
Flesch-Kincaid Index:
Not
Listed
1st
Grade
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade

careless (care)

bitter
clammy
monstrous
clumsy
foul
oozing
sluggish
stumble
trundle
waddle
filthy
selfconfident (confident)
trudge
gooey
mucky
odorous
septic
venomous

Where's the Big Bad Wolf? by Eileen Christelow

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 2.7
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 3.8
Not
Listed
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade
delectable

framed
mutter
tender
recue
flimsy
mischief
rascal
elderly
scoundrel

Wolf! by Becky Bloom

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 3.5
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 4.7
1st
Grade
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade


ached
satisfied
bothering
peered
budge
concentrate
educated
tucked
admire
ignore
impressed
splendid

The Wump World by Bill Peet

Scholastic Grade Level Equivalent: 3.2
Flesch-Kincaid Index: 5.6
1st
Grade
2nd
Grade
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade

winding

broad
loom
pollute
timid
gape
stagger
population
turmoil
wary

Books and Vocabulary for Christmas

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