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Children's Literature Comprehensive Database provides reliable one search access to all important and relevant information about Pre K-12 books and media of all types, including reviews from respected publications for those professionals who work with Pre K-12, reading program metrics, interest level, and more. Their goal is to connect subscribers with information about books, authors, and illustrators around the world; and to connect children and young adults with the books that will make a significant difference in their lives.It is a web-based database service that can be accessed anytime, anywhere, 24/7! Off-Campus access is available to UWF students, faculty and staff through their UWF username and password.
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One of the CLCD's functions is to connect subscribers with information on reading programs for Pre K-12 materials. One such reading program is the Lexile Measure.
A Lexile measure is a valuable piece of information about either an individual's reading ability or the difficulty of a text, like a book or magazine article. The Lexile measure is shown as a number with an "L" after it — 880L is 880 Lexile.
A student gets his or her Lexile reader measure from a reading test or program. For example, if a student receives an 880L on her end-of-grade reading test, she is an 880 Lexile reader. Higher Lexile measures represent a higher level of reading ability. A Lexile reader measure can range from below 200L for emergent readers to above 1600L for advanced readers. Readers who score below 0L receive a BR for Beginning Reader. In some cases, for readers, a BR code is followed by a number and L (e.g., BR150L). A Lexile reader measure of BR150L indicates that the Lexile measure of the reader is 150 units below 0L. The smaller the number following the BR code, the more advanced the reader is. For example, a BR150L reader is more advanced than a BR200L reader.
A book, article or piece of text gets a Lexile text measure when it's analyzed by MetaMetrics. For example, the first "Harry Potter" book measures 880L, so it's called an 880 Lexile book. A Lexile text measure is based on the semantic and syntactic elements of a text. Many other factors affect the relationship between a reader and a book, including its content, the age and interests of the reader, and the design of the actual book. The Lexile text measure is a good starting point in the book-selection process, with these other factors then being considered. Lexile text measures are rounded to the nearest 10L. Unlike the reader measure, all text measures below 0L are currently reported as BR. MetaMetrics has conducted research to differentiate the BR text measures, and these measures will be available at a later date. --from About Lexile Measurements
Lexile-to-Grade Correspondance Read how the lexile scores for readers and texts correspond to a typical grade level. This is descriptive only and are "appropriate for norm-referenced interpretations only.
The CLCD allows subscribers to search for items on the basis of awards or honors received. Additional information and lists of award winning books can be found in the links below:
Special thanks to Victoria Quante-Dulaney, library student at University of South Carolina, for assembling this libguide.
Some portions of this libguide were borrowed from Joann Janosko at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
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