The Lexile map provides examples of popular books and sample text at various points on the Lexile scale, from 200L for early reading books to 1600L for more advanced texts. It's a quick reference guide for what a Lexile measure means. Once you know a student's Lexile measure, you can use the Lexile map to get a sense of his or her reading level in terms of books you're familiar with.
Click on the links below to view or download our Lexile map. There are now two versions available to provide more convenient printing options: an 8½"x11" version and an 11"x17" version. Both of these versions are available in color and grayscale.
- Lexile Map (8½"x11"): Color Version, Grayscale Version (PDF)*
- Lexile Map (11"x17"): Color Version, Grayscale Version (PDF)*
- El Sistema Lexile Map (8½"x11"): Color Version, Grayscale Version (PDF)*
- El Sistema Lexile Map (11"x17"): Color Version, Grayscale Version (PDF)*
To purchase poster-size copies of the Lexile map for your classroom or library, visit our online store. We also can work with your school system to develop a custom Lexile map for your students (contact us for more information).
Leveling should be reasonable
Lexile measures target students to books in a range around a 75-percent comprehension rate. The Lexile map makes it easy to see reading as a developmental continuum.
The titles on the Lexile map are not recommended books, nor should they be viewed as a suggested reading list. There are many factors that affect the relationship between a reader and text, including content, age-appropriateness, reader interests, suitability of the text, and text difficulty. The Lexile measure of a book—a measure of text difficulty—is a good starting point in the book-selection process, with other factors then being considered. The Lexile measure should never be the only factor considered when selecting a book.
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