Collection Development

Collection Development

Resources for selecting items and supplies for your collection. Contact Jenny Shonk or Nora Burrows with any suggestions or changes to this section.

Awards | Book Lists | Book Reviews | Common Core | Films | Gaming Resources | Birth-Pre-k | Grades K-5 | Hi-Lo | Leveling Systems | Professional ResourcesTweens and Teens | Vendors | Weeding 


All Ages

Award Winners

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Book Lists By Topic

Book Reviews

Common Core


 Gaming Resources

Gaming Reviews:

Commercial Review Sites

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.
  • 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 a variety of titles in Polaris that you may place on hold. Search the collection ZPROGEN for the entire list.


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

  • American Libraries
  • Library Journal
  • School Library Journal
  • Video Librarian
  • VOYA

Web links:

Tweens and Teens



Prizes and Promotional Items


Space Planning

Toys and Games


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