Level 1 (early Kindergarten)

(Note: Books at this level are available only in Inuktitut.)

  • 8–12 pages
  • No text; images only
  • Highly engaging photos or illustrations tell a story in sequence
  • Introduces children who cannot yet read to how books work
Level 2 (early to middle Kindergarten)

(Note: Books at this level are available only in Inuktitut.)

  • 8–12 pages
  • One symbol per page
  • Focuses on the sounds of the language
  • Highly supportive images help readers decode the symbols
Level 3 (middle to late Kindergarten)

(Note: Books at this level are available only in Inuktitut.)

  • 8–12 pages
  • One word per page
  • No punctuation
  • Highly supportive images help readers decode the words
Level 4 (late Kindergarten)
  • 8–12 pages
  • One sentence per page
  • Sentences are very short, basic, and repetitive
  • Basic punctuation (periods only)
  • Highly supportive images help readers decode the sentences
Level 5 (early Grade 1)
  • 8–12 pages
  • One sentence per page
  • Sentences become longer and more varied
  • Punctuation includes mostly periods, with very few question marks and exclamation marks
  • Highly supportive images help readers decode the sentences
Level 6 (early to middle Grade 1)
  • 8–12 pages
  • 1–2 sentences per page
  • More complicated and varied sentences
  • Punctuation includes mostly periods, with some question marks and exclamation marks
  • Highly supportive images help readers decode the sentences
Level 7 (middle to late Grade 1)
  • 8–16 pages
  • Generally 1–2 sentences per page
  • Sentences increase in length and complexity
  • Punctuation includes mostly periods, with some question marks and exclamation marks
  • Supportive images
Level 8 (late Grade 1)
  • 12–24 pages
  • Generally 1–3 sentences per page
  • Sentences increase in length and complexity
  • Dialogue is introduced in fiction texts, indicated by the word “said”
  • Supportive images, but more information now coming from the text
Level 9 (early Grade 2)
  • 16–32 pages
  • Generally 2–4 sentences per page
  • Longer, more complex sentences
  • Varied punctuation
  • Dialogue is included in fiction texts
  • Supportive images, but more information now coming from the text
Level 10 (middle Grade 2)
  • 16–32 pages
  • Generally 2–5 sentences per page
  • Sentences and stories become longer and more complex
  • Varied punctuation
  • Dialogue is included in fiction texts
  • Readers rely more on the words than the images to decode the text
Level 11 (late Grade 2)
  • 24–32 pages
  • Generally 2–5 sentences per page
  • Sentences become complex and varied
  • Varied punctuation
  • Dialogue is included in fiction texts and is necessary to understand the story
  • Readers rely more on the words than the images to decode the text