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High Lexile (1000+) nonfiction: Fine Arts, Machines, Making Stuff

Cutters, Carvers and the Cathedral Ancona, George 1000 NC
Animals in ArtCome look with me : animals in art Blizzard, Gladys 1000
Panama CanalThe Panama Canal DuTemple, Lesley 1000
Professor Cook’s dynamite dinnersProfessor Cook's dynamite dinners Brash, Lorna 1000
You Wouldn’t Want to Work on the Brooklyn Bridge! An Enormous Project that Seemed ImpossibleYou wouldn't want to work on the Brooklyn Bridge! : an enormous project that seemed impossible Ratliff, Thomas 1010 IG
Professor Cook’s smashing snacksProfessor Cook's smashing snacks Brash, Lorna 1010
Food and Recipes of MexicoFood and recipes of Mexico Beatty, Theresa 1010
Flush! Treating WastewaterFlush! : treating wastewater Coombs, Karen Mueller 1020
Dance for Fun!Dance for fun! Craig Quijada, Balinda 1030 IG
CRAFTS for Pampering YourselfCRAFTS for Pampering Yourself Blake, Susannah 1030 IG
Pantheon, TheThe Pantheon DuTemple, Lesley 1030
Paul CezannePaul Cézanne Harris, Nathaniel 1030
CRAFTS for Revamping Your RoomCRAFTS for Revamping Your Room Blake, Susannah 1040 IG
X-ray Picture Book of Big buildings of the Ancient World  Jessop, Joanne 1040
African American Quilting African American quilting : the warmth of tradition Wilson, Sule Greg 1040
Subway: the story of tunnels, tubes and tracksSubway : the story of tunnels, tubes, and tracks Brimner, larry Dane 1040
On the Shuttle: Eight Days in Space On the shuttle : eight days in space Bondar, Barbara 1050
Amazing Paper Cuttings of Hans Christian Andersen The amazing paper cuttings of Hans Christian Andersen Brust, Beth Wagner 1060
Shakespeare: His Work and His WorldShakespeare : his work and his world Rosen, Michael 1060
Channel Tunnel, The The Channel Tunnel Donovan, Sandy 1060
My Indoor Garden My indoor garden Lerner, Carol 1070
Cooking the Austrian Way   Hughes, Helga 1070
Cooking the Australian Way   Germaine, Elizabeth 1070
Transformed: How Everyday Things are Made Transformed : how everyday things are made Slavin, Jim 1080 IG
Taj Mahal The Taj Mahal DuTemple, Lesley 1100
New York Subways The New York subways DuTemple, Lesley 1100

Brooklyn Bridge 

The Brooklyn Bridge

Curlee, Lynn 1160
Hi-tech Clothes Hi-tech clothes Spilsbury, Richard 1180
Wake Up Our Souls: A Celebration of Black American ArtistsWake up our souls : a celebration of Black American artists Bolden, Tonya 1190
Skyscraper Skyscraper Curlee, Lynn 1200
Gateway Arch The Gateway Arch Doherty, Craig 1200
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High Lexile (1000+) nonfiction: Science & Math

Physics Lab in a Housewares StorePhysics lab in a housewares store Friedhoffer, Bob 1000
Light Burnie, David 1000
Planet EarthPlanet earth Gilpin, Daniel 1000
Weather Farndon, John 1000
GalaxiesGalaxies Simon, Seymour 1010
Technology: a byte-size world! Technology : [a byte-size world!] Green, Dan 1010
MicroAliens: Dazzling Journeys with an Electron Microscope

Microaliens : dazzling journeys with an electron microscope


Tomb, Howard 1020 IG
Adventure in Space: The Flight to Fix the Hubble

Adventure in space : the flight to fix the Hubble


Scott, Elaine 1020
Destination: Mars

Destination: Mars


Simon, Seymour 1030
Earthquake Alert!

Earthquake alert!


Mehta-Jones, Shilpa 1030



Challoner, Jack 1030



Newmark, Ann 1040
Sand on the Move: the Story of Dunes

Sand on the move : the story of dunes


Gallant, Roy 1040
Bog Bodies

Bog bodies


Buell, Janet 1040
First on the Moon


Hehner, Barbara 1040
Alien Lifesearch: Quest for Extraterrestrial Organisms

Alien lifesearch : quest for extraterrestrial organisms


Jefferis, David 1050 IG



Cooper, Christopher 1050
Water Power

Water power : a true book


Petersen, Christine 1050
Spring Across America


Simon, Seymour 1060



Burnie, David 1060
Wind Power

Wind power


Petersen, Christine 1060


Parker, Steve 1070



Van Rose, Susanna 1070
Ocean and Sea

Ocean and sea


Parker, Steve 1070
Aliens From Earth: When Animals and Plants Invade Other Ecosystems

Aliens from Earth : when animals and plants invade other ecosystems


Batten, Mary 1070
Solar Power

Solar power : a true book


Petersen, Christine 1070
Alternative Energy

Alternative energy : a true book


Petersen, Christine 1080



Simon, Seymour 1080



Gamlin, Linda 1080
Mission Earth: Voyage to the Home Planet

Mission, Earth : voyage to the home planet


English, June 1080
Volcano Rising

Volcano rising


Rusch, Elizabeth 1090 NC
Case Closed: the Real Scoop on Detective Work

Case closed : the real scoop on detective work life


Meltzer, Milton 1090
To Space and Back

To space & back


Ride, Sally 1090
Prairie Builders

The prairie builders : reconstructing America's lost grasslands


Collard, Sneed 1090



Platt, Richard 1100 IG



Chin, Jason 1100 NC
Timekeeping : explore the history & science of telling time

Timekeeping : explore the history & science of telling time


Formichelli, Linda 1110
Volcano Alert!

Volcano alert!


Challen, Paul 1110



Armbruster, Ann 1110
Story of Salt

The story of salt


Kurlansky, Mark 1110
Freaky Flowers

Freaky flowers


Souza, D.M. 1110
Scholastic Atlas of Space

Scholastic atlas of space.


Vekteris, Donna 1120 IG
Cool Stuff and How It Works

Cool stuff and how it works


Woodford, Chris 1120 IG
Killer Rocks From Outer Space: Asteroids, Comets and Meteorites

Killer rocks from outer space : asteroids, comets, and meteorites


Koppes, Steven 1120
Tornado Alert!

Tornado alert!


Scavuzzo, Wendy 1120
Plant Invaders

Plant invaders


Souza, D.M. 1130



Ricciuti, Edward 1140
Endangered Plants

Endangered plants


Souza, D.M. 1150
Are We Alone? Scientists Search for Life in Space

Are we alone? : scientists search for life in space


Skurzynski, Gloria 1170
The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families

The mangrove tree : planting trees to feed families


Roth, Susan 1190 NC
Handful of Dirt

A handful of dirt


Bial, Raymond 1190
Pioneering Ocean Depths

Pioneering ocean depths


Markle, Sandra 1200
Tracking Trash

Tracking trash : flotsam, jetsam, and the science of ocean motion


Burns, Loree Griffin 1200
Is There Life on Mars?

Is there life on Mars?


Fradin, Dennis Brindell 1200
Cave Sleuths

Cave sleuths


Lindop, Laurie 1220
El Nino: Stormy Weather for People and Wildlife

El Nino : stormy weather for people and wildlife


Arnold, Caroline 1250
Invisible Allies: Microbes that Shape Our Lives

Invisible allies : microbes that shape our lives


Farrell, Jeannette 1270


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High Lexile (1000+) nonfiction: World History

Your Travel Guide to Ancient Greece

Your travel guide to ancient Greece

Day, Nancy 1000
In Search of Tutankhamun: The Discovery of a King’s Tomb Caselli, Giovanni 1020 IG
Your Travel Guide to Ancient Mayan Civilization

Your travel guide to ancient Mayan civilization

Day, Nancy 1020
Government in the Ancient World

Government in the ancient world.

Ancient Aztecs

The ancient Aztecs

Sonneborn, Liz 1030
Roman Colosseum, The

The Roman Colosseum

Mann, Elizabeth 1030
Ancient Chinese, The

The ancient Chinese

Schomp, Virginia 1040
Your Travel Guide to Ancient Israel

Your travel guide to ancient Israel

Sherman, Josepha 1040
Tutankhamen’s Gift

Tutankhamen's gift

Sabuda, Robert 1050 AD


Gravett, Christopher 1050

Around the World in a Hundred Years: From Henry the Navigator to Magellan

Around the world in a hundred years : from Henry the Navigator to Magellan

Fritz, Jean 1050
Your Travel Guide to Ancient Egypt

Your travel guide to ancient Egypt

Day, Nancy 1050
Roman Army: The Legendary Soldiers Who Created an Empire

The Roman Army : the legendary soldiers who created an empire

Blacklock, Dyan 1060 IG
Your Travel Guide to Ancient China

Your travel guide to ancient China

Sherman, Josepha 1060
Ancient Greeks

The ancient Greeks

Lassieur, Allison 1060
Ancient Mesopotamia

Ancient Mesopotamia : the sumerians, babylonians, and assyrians

Schomp, Virginia 1070
Vikings, The

The Vikings

Schomp, Virginia 1080
Hatshepsut, His Majesty, Herself

Hatshepsut, his majesty, herself

Andronik, Catherine 1080
How to Make a Mummy Talk

How to make a mummy talk

Deem, James 1090
Ancient India

Ancient India

Schomp, Virginia 1090
Ancient Kushites

The ancient Kushites

Sonneborn, Liz 1090
Ancient Romans

The ancient Romans

Lassieur, Allison 1090
Secrets of the Sphinx

Secrets of the Sphinx

Giblin, James Cross 1100

The Colosseum

DuTemple, Lesley 1100
How the Sphinx Got To the Museum

How the sphinx got to the museum

Hartland, Jessie 1120 AD
Weapons & Warfare: From the Stone Age to the Space Age

Weapons & warfare : from the stone age to the space age

Meltzer, Milton 1120
Ancient Inca

The ancient Inca

Calvert, Patricia 1120
Bodies From the Ash

Bodies from the ash

Deem, James 1120
Mummies: the Newest, Coolest & Creepiest 

Mummies : the newest, coolest, and creepiest

Tanaka, Shelley 1130
Ancient Celts

The ancient Celts

Calvert, Patricia 1130


Netzley, Patricia 1140 NC
Food: Its Evolution Through the Ages

Food : its evolution through the ages

Ventura, Piero 1140


Gravett, Christopher 1140
National Geographic Kids Everything Castles

Everything castles

Boyer, Crispin 1150 NC
Mysteries of the Mummy Kids

Mysteries of the mummy kids

Halls, Kelly Milner 1150
Encyclopedia of Preserved People

The encyclopedia of preserved people : pickled, frozen, and mummified corpses from around the world

Prior, Natalie Jane 1170
Revenge of the Whale

Revenge of the whale : the true story of the whaleship Essex

Philbrick, Nathaniel 1170
The History Puzzle

The history puzzle : how we know what we know about the past

Beller, Susan 1180
The Egyptology handbook : a course in the wonders of Egypt

The Egyptology handbook : a course in the wonders of Egypt

Sands, Emily 1180
Mummies: Dried, Tanned, Sealed, Drained, Frozen, Embalmed, Stuffed, Wrapped and Smoked–and We’re Dead Serious

Mummies : dried, tanned, sealed, drained, frozen, embalmed, stuffed, wrapped, and smoked... and we're dead serious

Sloan, Christopher 1190 NC
Corpses, Coffins and Crypts

Corpses, coffins, and crypts : a history of burial

Colman, Penny 1190


Watkins, Richard 1200 NC


Macaulay, David 1250
Story of Mankind, The Van Loon, Hendrik Willem 1260
Adventures of Marco Polo

The adventures of Marco Polo

Freedman, Russell 1270
Ancient Egyptians

The ancient Egyptians

Perl, Lila 1320
Ancient Maya

The ancient Maya

Perl, Lila 1380


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High Lexile (1000+) nonfiction: Facts, Language, Favorites, Parent Shelf, Religion

It’s Disgusting and We Ate It!

It's disgusting-- and we ate it! : wild and wacky food from around the world-- and throughout history!

Solheim, James 1010 AD
American Sign Language

American Sign Language

Kent, Deborah 1020 IG
Myths busted! : just when you thought you knew what you knew–

Myths busted! : just when you thought you knew what you knew--

Krieger, Emily 1030
Mystery of the Hieroglyphs

The mystery of the hieroglyphs : the story of the Rosetta stone and the race to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs

Donoughue, Carol 1030

Lipkowitz, Daniel 1040
A to Zen: A Book of Japanese Culture

A to Zen : a book of Japanese culture

Wells, Ruth 1070 IG
Ox, house, Stick: The History of Our Alphabet

Ox, house, stick : the history of our alphabet

Robb, Don 1070 NC
Kid Who Invented the Popsicle, The

The kid who invented the popsicle : and other surprising stories about inventions

Wulffson, Don 1080
Shaker Hearts

Shaker hearts

Turner, Ann 1140 AD
Amish Home

Amish home

Bial, Raymond 1140
Scholastic Book of World Records 2014


Morse, Jennifer 1170 NC
Scholastic Book of World Records 2013

Scholastic book of world records 2013

Morse, Jennifer 1180 IG
Johann Gutenberg and the Amazing Printing Press

Johann Gutenberg and the amazing printing press

Koscielniak, Bruce 1240 AD
Donovan’s Big Day

Donovan's big day

Newman, Leslea 1540 AD
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Reading Program Comparison Chart

Moving to a new school system that uses a different reading program than your last school?  Check this out to find equivalencies among popular reading programs…


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Lexile Analyzer

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High Lexile (1000+) Children’s Books in BPL’s collection

For a full list of Kids/Tween/Pre-Reader fiction in BPL’s collection, click here:  Printer-friendly version


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For links to the BPL catalog to place holds on high lexile books, see the following posts:

High Lexile (1000+) Biographies

High Lexile (1000+) Tween Fiction books

High Lexile (1000+) Kids Fiction books

High Lexile (1000+) Pre-Reader books

High Lexile (1000+) Holiday books

Quick Picks for high Lexile titles (printable version)

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High Lexile (1000+) Holiday Books in BPL’s collection

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Balloons Over Broadway: the True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet (1000 AD)

Balloons over Broadway : the true story of the puppeteer of Macy's Parade
This is the Matzah by Abby Levine (1000 AD)
This is the matzah

Meeting Trees by Scott Russell Sanders (1000)

Meeting trees
Lilies, Rabbits and Painted Eggs by Edna Bartha (1020 AD)

Lilies, rabbits, and painted eggs : the story of the Easter symbols
Jingle Bear by Stephen Cosgrove (1020 AD)

Jingle Bear
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (1080)

A Christmas carol
It’s the Fourth of July! by Stan Hoig (1140)

Winnie the Pooh’s Stories for Christmas by Bruce Talkington (1140)

Disney's Winnie the Pooh's stories for Christmas
Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum (1170)



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High (1000+) Lexile Pre-Reader books

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Small Green Snake by Libba Moore Gray (1000)

Small Green Snake
Bugs! by David T. Greenberg (1000)

Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds (1010)

Chicks and salsa
My Mama had a dancing heart by Libba Moore Gray (1010 )

My mama had a dancing heart
Seven Spunky Monkeys by Jackie French Koller (1020 AD)

Seven spunky monkeys
Swamp Angel by Anne Isaacs (1020 AD)

Swamp Angel
Big and Little by Steve Jenkins (1030 AD)

Big and little
When Spring Comes by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock (1040 AD)

When spring comes
Pick, Pull, Snap! Where Once a Flower Bloomed by Lola Schaefer (1040 AD)

Pick, pull, snap! : where once a flower bloomed
Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton (1040 AD)

The Summer my father was ten by Pat Brisson (1040 NC)

The summer my father was ten
O is for Orca by Art Wolfe (1050)

O is for orca : a Pacific Northwest alphabet book
One Fine Day by Noony Hogrogian (1080 AD)

One fine day
Our Old House by Susan Vizurraga (1080 NC)

Our old house
Night of the Gargoyles by Eve Bunting (1090 AD)

Night of the gargoyles
Ox-Cart Man by Donal Hall (1130 AD)

Ox-cart man
Turn-Around, Upside-down, Alphabet Book by Lisa Campbell Ernst (1130)

The turn-around upside-down alphabet book
Dreamcatcher by Audrey Osofsky (1160 NC)

Once Upon a Northern Night by Jean Pendziwol (1250 AD)

Once upon a northern night
I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt (1290 AD)

I love you, Stinky Face
Aster Aardvark’s Alphabet Adventures by Steven Kellogg (1400 AD)

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