Mensa Excellence in Reading K-3 List by Lexile

If you’ve never heard about it before, the Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading program can be an easy way to motivate kids to read while enriching them with carefully selected Living Books. They’ll be reading books like  Blueberries for Sal, Madeline, Little House on the Prairie, Sarah, Plain and Tall, and Anansi the Spider, and earning a free t-shirt and certificate while doing so. You can print find the original PDF of the list here, so you can fill it in as they finish each book.

Also important to know (although I’m not telling my kids yet!) is that the list doesn’t have to be read independently by the student. You can read all of these books aloud to them, or they can listen to them via audiobook, and they still get the certificate and t-shirt from Mensa for Kids. {The books with a (*) after the Lexile number are books that are recommended to be Adult Directed for one reason or another, so those may be the ones you could do as a read aloud!}

As you’ll notice on the Mensa form, the books are listed alphabetically, but they range from advanced early readers like Put Me in the Zoo to novels like Rabbit Hill meant for 8-12 year olds. In order to make things a little easier, I’ve looked up what the Lexile score is for all of them and arranged them from lowest Lexile (easiest) to highest. I use the Mensa form for keeping track of what she’s read, but reference my printable {BOTTOM OF POST} when I need to make new suggestions. It is also helpful when wanting to purchase some new books – I can easily see what books she will be reading soon, and which ones I can order at a later date. I’ve included columns to note which books need to be purchsed {or thrifted!} and which books you’ve found through the library or Interlibrary Loan.

The List

Put Me in the Zoo – Lopshire, Robert {220L}

I Want My Hat Back – Klassen, Jon {230L }

Bedtime for Frances – Hoban, Russell {360L}

Goodnight Moon – Brown, Margaret Wise {*360L}

Leo the Late Bloomer – Kraus, Robert {360L}

Frog and Toad Are Friends – Lobel, Arnold {400L}

The Carrot Seed – Krauss, Ruth {*400L}

The Cat in the Hat – Seuss, Dr. {430L}

Curious George – Rey, H.A. {430L}

Anansi the Spider – McDermott, Gerald {*430L}

Amelia Bedelia – Parish, Peggy {450L}

Stone Soup – Brown, Marcia {480L}

George and Martha – Marshall, James {500L}

The Dot – Reynolds, Peter {*500L}

The Snowy Day – Keats, Ezra Jack {*500L}

The Little Engine That Could – Piper, Watty {*500L}

Harry the Dirty Dog – Zion, Gene {*520L}

The Polar Express – Chris Van Allsburg {520L}

The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales – Scieszka, Jon {520L}

Sam the Minuteman – Benchley, Nathaniel {530L}

The Three Little Pigs – Galdone, Paul {550L}

Stellaluna – Cannon, Janell {*550L}

Freckle Juice – Blume, Judy {560L}

Peppe the Lamplighter – Bartone, Elisa {*570L}

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel – Burton, Virginia Lee {580L}

Millions of Cats – Gag, Wanda {580L}

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi – Van Allsburg, Chris {*580L}

If I Never Forever Endeavor – Meade, Holly {*580L}

Frederick – Lionni, Leo {590L}

The Littles – Peterson, John {590L}

Corduroy – Freeman, Don {600L}

Blueberries for Sal – McCloskey, Robert {*600L}

The Story of Babar – Brunhoff, Jean de {*610L}

Sarah, Plain and Tall – MacLachlan, Patricia {660L}

The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Potter, Beatrix {*660L}

Tale of Despereaux – DiCamillo, Kate {670L}

Charlotte’s Web – White, E.B. {680L}

Madeline – Bemelmans, Ludwig {*680L}

Make Way for Ducklings – McCloskey, Robert {*710L}

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – Barrett, Judy {*730L}

Strega Nona – dePaola, Tomie {*730L}

Where the Wild Things Are – Sendak, Maurice {*740L}

All-of-a-Kind Family – Taylor, Sydney {750L}

Little House on the Prairie – Wilder, Laura Ingalls {760L}

Paul Revere’s Ride – Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth {760L}

The Story of Ferdinand – Leaf, Munro {*760L}

The Cricket in Times Square – Selden, George {780L}

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble – Steig, William {*780L}

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh – O’Brien, Robert {790L}

Winnie-the-Pooh – Milne, A.A. {790L}

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – Viorst, Judith {*840L}

The Quiltmaker’s Gift – Brumbeau, Jeff {*850L}

Shiloh – Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds {860L}

The Cabin Faced West – Fritz, Jean {860L}

The Mouse and the Motorcycle – Cleary, Beverly {860L}

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 – Cleary, Beverly {860L}

The Hundred Dresses – Estes, Eleanor {870L}

Pippi Longstocking – Lindgren, Astrid {870L}

Little Toot – Gramatky, Hardie {*890L}

How the Leopard Got His Claws – Achebe, Chinua {*900L}

Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Atwater, Richard and Florence {910L}

Tikki Tikki Tembo – Mosel, Arlene {*910L}

The Reluctant Dragon – Grahame, Kenneth {1010L }

Rabbit Hill – Lawson, Robert {1050L}

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