About the Fountas-Pinnell Leveling System

fountas pinnellThe Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment Systems are accurate and reliable tools to identify the instructional and independent reading levels of all students and document student progress through one-on-one formative and summative assessments.

The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System is employed in many area schools - including the District 401 Elmwood Park Public Schools.

This page is intended to be a guide to books within each level that the Library owns. However, unlike our Early Reader Collection (Levels A-L), the Library does not individually label each book by the Fountas & Pinnell leveling system and some leveling methods may vary. Please see a Kids Librarian if you need assistance with the F&P System. 


Recommended Books by Level


A-C  |  D-G  |  H-J  |  K-L  |  M  |  N  |  O  |  P  |  Q  |  R  |  S  |  T  |  U  |  V  |  W  |  X  |  Y  |  Z


Click on the level above to find book suggestions within that level, then click on the book to check its availability in the SWAN Online Catalog. Or if you have a book in mind and you are wondering what level it is, then try searching Scholastic Book Wizard to find the level. Or ask a librarian for assistance.

If you would prefer a print list of the titles, you can pick up a copy of our brochures at the Library, or print them from here:  M-P  |  Q-U  |  V-Z



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Time is Short - Short Stories

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Are you looking for books on potty training, bullying, or learning to tie a shoelace? You can find them in the Kids & Teens Department in our Parenting collection which is located at the start of our Early Reader Collection. You can also find more books on various parenting topics located downstairs in the Adult nonfiction collection, identifiable by the big red dot on the spine of the book.

We also know it's hard sometimes to make it downstairs to find books for you, so the Adult Department has put together a small shelving unit of adult books, movies, and audiobooks that you may missed, located next to the Self-Checkout Station in the upstairs foyer.


Looking for a magazine to read while your child is playing or in a program? The following magazines are available in our Magazine section located by the Kids & Teens Desk:

  • Family Fun
  • Parents
  • Practical Homeschooling
  • Scholastic Teacher

Magazines with a new sticker cannot be checked out until next month’s issue arrives, but all back issues can be checked out for three weeks. You can also always grab a magazine to bring up from the Adult collection downstairs, as well. Or try reading a digital magazine on your tablet from our RBdigital collection.

We also have several free publications available that you can take home with you to keep:

  • Chicago Parent
  • Going Places
  • Suburban Family

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Looking for information about local schools and daycares? Curious as to what the PAARC, Common Core, or Fountas-Pinnell programs are that the schools are using? We've got you covered.

School & Daycare Listings  |  Common Core  |  PARCC  |  Fountas-Pinnell


School & Daycare Listings

Elmwood Park Public Library is proud to work with and serve the surrounding schools and daycare centers in the area.



  • ECC/Early Childhood Centerschool logo epcusd401 300w
    Serving: Pre-School & Kindergarten
    Address: 4 Conti Parkway, Elmwood Park IL 60707
    Phone: 708.583.5860

  • Elmwood Elementary School
    Serving: 1st – 6th grade
    Address: 2319 North 76th Avenue, Elmwood Park IL 60707
    Phone: 708.452.3558

  • John Mills Elementary School
    Serving: 1st – 6th grade
    Address: 2824 North 76th Avenue, Elmwood Park IL 60707
    Phone: 708.452.3560

  • Elm Middle School
    Serving: 6th – 8th grade
    Address: 7607 West Cortland, Elmwood Park IL 60707
    Phone: 708.452.3550

  • Elmwood Park High School 
    Serving: 9th – 12th grade
    Address: 8201 W Fullerton Ave., Elmwood Park IL 60707
    Phone: 708.452.7272


Catholic & Lutheran Schools


  • St. Celestine Catholic School school logo private 800h
    Serving: Pre-School – 8th grade
    Address: 3017 North 77th Avenue, Elmwood Park, Illinois 60707
    Phone: 708.453.8234

  • St. Vincent Ferrer School
    Serving: Pre-School – 8th grade
    Address: 1515 N. Lathrop Avenue, River Forest, Illinois  60305
    Phone: 708.771.5905

  • St. Cyprian Catholic School
    Serving: Kindergarten – 8th grade
    Address: 2561 Clinton Street, River Grove, IL 60171
    Phone: 708.453.6300

  • Grace Lutheran Church & School
    Serving: Pre-School – 8th grade
    Address: 7300 West Division, River Forest, Illinois 60305
    Phone: 708.366.6900

  • Trinity High School
    Serving: 9th – 12th grade, all girls
    Address: 7574 West Division Street, River Forest, Illinois 60305
    Phone: 708.771.8383

  • Guerin Prep 
    Serving: 9th – 12th grade
    Address: 8001 W. Belmont Ave., River Grove, IL 60171
    Phone: 708.453.6233


 Daycare & Learning Centers


  • A-Karrasel Academy
    Serving: Infants - Kindergarten
    Address: 7801 W Grand Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707
    Phone: 708.452.7666

  • Kiddie Korner Academy
    Serving: Ages 6 weeks - 6 years old
    Address: 7730 W. North Aveue, Elmwood Park, IL 60707
    Phone: 708.456.5628

  • Picket Fence Day Care & Learning Center
    Serving: Ages 15 months - 12 years old
    Address: 36 Conti Parkway, Elmwood Park, IL 60707
    Phone: 708.452.4544

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Common Core

The Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401 follows the Common Core State Standards of Illinois.

What is it?

Today’s students are preparing to enter a world in which colleges and businesses are demanding more than ever before. To ensure all students are ready for success after high school, the Common Core State Standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade.

common core1 300wThe standards were drafted by experts and teachers from across the country and are designed to ensure students are prepared for today’s entry-level careers, freshman-level college courses, and workforce training programs. The Common Core focuses on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful. Over forty states have voluntarily adopted and are moving forward with the standards.

The new standards also provide a way for teachers to measure student progress throughout the school year and ensure that students are on the pathway to success in their academic careers.

(from corestandards.org/what-parents-should-know/)


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PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers)

What is it?

parcc logo 300wIn recent years, many states have adopted new, more rigorous academic standards, and teachers have been using them since then in their daily instruction. As a result, states needed high-quality assessments aligned to those standards that would test students of all achievement levels on what they are learning. These are the PARCC Tests.

The PARCC assessment system is made up of two categories of tools: 

  • Annual year-end tests in English language arts/literacy, and mathematics tests in grades 3-8 and high school; and
  • Instructional tools that teachers may use at their discretion anytime during the school year. These include formative tasks for grades K-2, 3-8, and high school; diagnostic tools; and speaking and listening tools; and performance-based modules.

Visit the PARCC Test website to learn more about the use of the tests and how to assess your child’s scores, or visit their Practice Tests page, broken down by subject and grade level, to try a practice test.


Library Resources

We are happy to offer use of our PARCC Practice Test Books within the Library. They can be found in our J Reference section under the call # of J Ref 371.262:

  • Common Core Assessments And Online Workbooks: PARCC 2016 Practice Tests
    • Mathematicsparcc book 200w
      • Grade 3
      • Grade 4
      • Grade 5
      • Grade 6
      • Grade 7
      • Grade 8
    • English Language Arts
      • Grade 3
      • Grade 4
      • Grade 5
      • Grade 6
      • Grade 7
      • Grade 8

Within each PARCC Practice Test book is a page dedicated to ‘How to Access the Lumos Online Workbooks,’ and use of the ‘Lumos StepUp Mobile App.’ These two products are further extensions of the PARCC Practice Test books that you can use with your student at home at your leisure.

Because these books are for use in the Library only, you may feel free to use them to read and take notes, and we will make copies for your use at home.


In addition, on our Test Prep page you can access other test prep resources, as well as Tutor.com - a database that offers tests, practice work, and live tutoring separated by grade and subject level. You can access any of these databases in the Library though one of our computers, or at home by logging in with your Library Card number.


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