Collection Development

Collection Development

Resources for selecting items and supplies for your collection.

Awards | Birth-Pre-k |Book ListsCommon Core |Films| Gaming Resources | Grades K-5 |Leveling SystemsProfessional Resources |Tweens and Teens |Vendors|Weeding| Other |

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All Ages


Book Lists By Topic

 Birth – Pre-K

Common Core


 Gaming Resources

Gaming Reviews:

Commercial Review Sites

See our Gaming Programming page for more gaming resources.

Grades K-5

Hi/Lo Resources

Leveling Systems

Are parents coming into the library with strange reading levels from the school? For help deciphering these levels, check out the following resources:

  • Reading A-Z Chart
    • “My child is reading at K.” Find out what K means (and all other letters) here.
  • ATOS for Text
    • ATOS is the leveling system used by Accelerated Reader. You can type in a small text file or submit an entire book for analysis.
  • Get a Lexile® Text Measure
    • Apply for a free Lexile account that allows you to submit a limited amount of text for determination of its Lexile level.
  • Online Readability Calculator
    • Paste text into this calculator to find readability using the following methods: Coleman Liau index, Flesch Kincaid Grade Level, ARI (Automated Readability Index), SMOG. Provides suggestions for improving text readability
  • Lexile: Find a book
    • The official site for finding Lexile levels. Search by author, title, Lexile or grade level and genre.
  • AR Book Finder
    • Search for books in Accelerated Reader program by author, title or topic. Provides interest level, book reading level and AR points.
  • Scholastic Book Wizard
    • Search by author, title or keyword. Provides levels for Guided Reading, Lexile Level and DRA. Also has “Book Alike” to search for books at similar interest and reading levels.

Levels and Labeling with ALA

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 Professional Resources

FLLS has print copies of the following journals. Please email if your library would like to be added to the routing list for:

  • American Libraries
  • Game Informer
  • Horn Book
  • Library Sparks
  • School Library Journal
  • Teacher Librarian
  • Voya

Web links:

Tweens and Teens



Library Supplies

Space Planning

Toys and Games


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