Clear Lake Library

Clear Lake Library

Leslie Brown Media Coordinator
541-689-0512 ext.2120

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Mrs. Brown’s Top Picks

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

Interest Level: K-3  Reading Level: 2.5

    Nonfiction (811.6 ALE)

   Notes: An ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree. This poem digs into the not-so-distant past to underline the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present.

A Letter to My Teacher by Deborah Hopkinson

Interest Level: K-3  Reading Level: 2.7  Lexile: AD620

   Easy  Fiction

    Notes: A letter from someone who was once an exasperating second-grader reveals her experiences with a teacher who brought out the best in her.

What Do You Do With a Chance by Kobi Yamada

Interest Level: K-3  Reading Level: 2.0

    Easy Fiction

Notes: This is the story of some remarkable chances and the child who doesn’t know quite what to do with them. But the more chances come around, the more the child’s fascination grows. And then, one day, a little courage makes all the difference in the world.


Endling the Last by Katherine Applegate

Interest Level: 3-6  Reading Level: 5.0 Lexile: 690


   Notes: Bix, the youngest member and only survivor of her pack of mythical doglike creatures, dairnes, sets out to find safe haven and, perhaps, more of her kind, aided by allies, both animal and human.


Explorer: The Mystery Boxes by Kazu Kibuishi

Interest Level: 3-6  Reading Level: 2.4

Graphic Novel

    Notes: Seven clever stories answer one simple question: what’s in the box? Funny, fantastic, spooky, and suspenseful, each of these unique and beautifully illustrated short graphic works revolves around a central theme: a mysterious box and the marvels, or mayhem, inside.


Clear Lake OBOB News

Clear Lake OBOB meeting dates:

October 1o, 2019 3:00-3:30 (forming teams)

November 6, 2019 3:00-3:30 (checking on team progress)

December 18, 2019 3:00-3:30 (checking in and extra book check out)

January 8, 2020 3:00-3:30 (mock battles)

January 22, 2020 3:00-3:45 (pool play battles, double round)

January 29, 2020 3:00-3:45 (final battles)

Regional and State Competition Dates:

Regional (TBD)

State Competition at Chemeketa Community College on April 4, 2020

What are Lexiles?

            Lexiles are educational tools that support student reading by using the same scale to measure both text difficulty and reading ability.  Through this combined approach, the Lexile Framework for Reading matches students to an appropriate level of text difficulty, which can encourage reading in the classroom, at the library, and at home.          

                                Oregon Department of Education


Lexiles at home:  You can visit and type in the books you have in your own libraries at home to see if they are in the right range for your readers.  Not every book ever written has been given a lexile level but a great deal have them.  You can also go to this website and select “Find a Book” under the tools tab and enter your child’s lexile range. From there you have a choice of 28 different subjects you can choose a combination of to get a list of books that are of perfect range and interest for your child.


Lexiles at the Clear Lake Library:  Adding lexile levels to the books and their records has been an ongoing process here at ClearLake.  Many of the books at this time have a lexile number on them and have been color coded to help elementary students find books that are right for them.  Focusing on colors rather than a number range is much easier for younger students. All new books as they are entered into the system are being lexiled at that time.


Lexiles at book sellers:  Many retail book sellers offer easy look-up tools so that when you are looking for books to purchase you can readily find out what books are in your child’s lexile range.  As an example, Barnes and Noble uses a program called Lexile Reading Level Wizard so that when you are searching items you can see the lexile level of items you are interested in.


Lexiles at the Eugene Public Libraries:  Our local public libraries subscribe to Novelist which links you from their online card catalog to lexile information and then right back to the their records again.  By using this online tool you can check to see if an item is right for your child’s reading ability.

OBOB Title List for 18/19

3rd-5th Grade Division Selections:

The Ark Plan by Laura Martin Lexile: 790

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi Lexile: 630

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia Lexile: 710

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull Lexile: 700

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt Lexile: 550

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key  by Jack Gantos Lexile: 970

Just Dance by Patricia McLachlan Lexile: 510

Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls’ Rights by Malala Yousafzai Lexile: 810

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry Lexile: 670

Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages Lexile: 640

Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban Lexile: 550

Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary Lexile: 850

Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan Lexile: 720

Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres Lexile: 780

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate Lexile: 590

The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell Lexile: 890