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Begin by printing the cover and the Printer Spread. Be sure to set the printer to “double-sided” and to “flip on the short-edge.”  You can also print odd pages, flip manually and print even pages.  Then, align the cover and inside pages, clip in place, and staple to make a 5.5 x 8.5 booklet. Check out the tutorial above for help binding books.

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READER DATABASE

Little Red Riding Hood

      Little Red Riding Hood, a traditional story
      A little girl meets a wolf on her way to Grandmother’s house.

      AGES: ALL
      LENGTH: 1,289 words, 17 pages
      ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated 
      READABILITY: Flesch-Kincaid grade level 2.4 ; Gunning-Fog-4.6

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      Caperucita Roja

          Caperucita Roja, a traditional story
          A girl meets a wolf on the way to Grandmother’s house.

          AGES: ALL
          LENGTH: 1,223 words, 17 pages
          ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
          READABILITY: Fernández Huerta–85.19; Gutiérrez-52.62

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          Jesse Owens

            Jesse Owens, a true story
            An African American running legend and his journey to the 1936 Berlin Olympics. 

            AGES: All 
            LENGTH: 2,095 words, 21 pages 
            ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated 
            READABILITY: Scolarius-41 

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            Los músicos de Bremen

              Los músicos de Bremen, a traditional story
              Animals are abandoned, so they go out on the road looking to become musicians in the big city, Bremen. 

              AGES: ALL
              LENGTH: 2,361 words, 26 pages
              ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
              READABILITY: Fernández Huerta–86.79; Gutiérrez-51.15

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              The Little Prince

                The Little Prince,  a story by Etienne de Saint-Exupery
                A little prince lives on his planet with only one friend, his rose. When the little prince leaves and has adventures, he misses his rose. 

                AGES: All
                LENGTH: 1,557 words, 23 pages
                ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                READABILITY: Flesch-Kincaid- grade 2.5; Gunning-Fog- 5.1 |  
                (0-2000) Highest Frequency Words: 97.7%

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                Alicia en el país de las maravillas

                  Alicia en el país de las maravillas, a story by Lewis Carroll
                  A little girl, Alice, runs after a White Rabbit. She runs into many strange creatures in a magical world. 

                  AGES: ALL
                  LENGTH: 2,361 words, 29 pages
                  ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                  READABILITY: Fernández Huerta–80.38; Gutiérrez-49.92

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                  Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten

                    Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten, a traditional story
                    Animals are abandoned, so they go out on the road looking to become musicians in the big city, Bremen.

                    AGES: ALL
                    LENGTH: 881 words, 21 pages
                    ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated

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                    Maid Maleen

                      Maid Maleen, a traditional story
                      A girl refuses to give up the man she loves, so she is locked in a tower.

                      AGES: ALL
                      LENGTH: 1,801 words, 16 pages
                      ILLUSTRATIONS: moderately illustrated
                      READABILITY: Flesch-Kincaid- grade 3.4; Gunning Fog- 5.9​

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                      Le Petit Chaperon Rouge

                        Le Petit Chaperon Rouge, a traditional story
                        A girl meets a wolf on the way to Grandmother’s house.

                        AGES: All
                        LENGTH: 1,181 words, 17 pages
                        ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                        READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-40 

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                        Jesse Owens

                          Jesse Owens, a true story
                          An African American running legend and his journey to the 1936 Berlin Olympics. 

                          AGES: All
                          LENGTH: 1,824 words, 23 pages
                          ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                          READABILITY: Flesch-Kincaid-2.1; Gunning-Fogg-na

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                          Le bonhomme de pain d'épice

                            Le Bonhomme de Pain d’épice, a traditional story
                            A gingerbread cookie comes to life and runs away from many who want to eat him.

                            AGES: All
                            LENGTH: 827 words, 15 pages
                            ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                            READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-46

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                            Cendrillon

                              Cendrillon, a traditional story
                              A poor girl must work for a family who does not love her, until she goes to the royal ball.

                              AGES: All
                              LENGTH: 1,824 words, 23 pages
                              ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                              READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-44

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                              Conte de Noel

                                Conte de Noël, a story by Charles Dickens
                                Scrooge only cares about money so three spirits take him to see his future.

                                AGES: All
                                LENGTH: 2,617 words, 27 pages
                                ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-39

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                                Dorothée

                                  Dorothée, a story by L. Frank Baum
                                  A tornado takes a little girl to a new land called Oz. She wants to go home, but she needs the help of the Wizard of Oz.

                                  AGES: All
                                  LENGTH: 1,945 words, 30 pages
                                  ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                  READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-41

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                                  Heidi

                                    Heidi, a story by Johanna Spyri
                                    A little girl is sent to the mountains to live with Grandfather. She soon learns to love her new family and friends.

                                    AGES: All
                                    LENGTH: 1,366 words, 19 pages
                                    ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                    READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-40

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                                    Le Petit Prince

                                      Le Petit Prince​, a story by Etienne de Saint-Exupery
                                      A little prince lives on his planet with only one friend, his rose. When the little prince leaves and has adventures, he misses his rose. 

                                      AGES: All
                                      LENGTH: 1,604 words, 24 pages
                                      ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                      READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-40

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                                      Ramona

                                        Ramona, a story by Helen Hunt Jackson
                                        Native American girl is adopted by a rich family from Spain, but she later encounters racism and discovers the hardships of her biological family and their community. 

                                        AGES: Upper elementary and older
                                        LENGTH: 2,955 words, 28 pages
                                        ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                        READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-42

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                                        Alice aux pays des merveilles

                                          Alice aux pays des merveilles​, a story by Lewis Carroll
                                          A little girl, Alice, runs after a White Rabbit. She runs into many strange creatures in a magical world. 

                                          AGES: Upper elementary and older
                                          LENGTH: 2,901 words, 29 pages
                                          ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                          READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-38

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                                          Hansel et Gretel

                                            Hansel et Gretel​, a traditional story 
                                            Two children are abandoned in the forest. They are very hungry until they see a house made out of candy. But they soon find the candy is a trap.

                                            AGES: ALL
                                            LENGTH: 2,333 words, 20 pages
                                            ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                            READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-45

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                                            Ali Baba et les 40 voleurs

                                              Ali Baba et les 40 voleurs​, a traditional story   
                                              A poor man finds a magical cave filled with treasure, but the treasure belongs to terrible bandits. His servant helps protect Ali Baba when the bandits come looking for their treasure.

                                              AGES: ALL
                                              LENGTH: 2,838 words, 27 pages
                                              ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                              READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-40

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                                              La Belle aux bois dormant

                                                La Belle au bois dormant​, a traditional story   
                                                A witch puts a curse on a princess: she will fall asleep for all eternity. But true love wakes up the sleeping beauty.

                                                AGES: ALL
                                                LENGTH: 1,696 words, 23 pages
                                                ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-42

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                                                Les Musiciens de Breme

                                                  Les Musiciens de Brême, a traditional story   
                                                  Animals are abandoned, so they go out on the road looking to become musicians in the big city, Bremen.

                                                  AGES: ALL
                                                  LENGTH: 2,060 words, 26 pages
                                                  ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                  READABILITY: Scolarius (Flesch-Kincaid)-37

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                                                  Cenicienta

                                                    Cenicienta, a traditional story   
                                                    A poor girl must work for her step-mother and step-sisters. She is unhappy, until she goes to the ball.

                                                    AGES: ALL
                                                    LENGTH: 1,492 words, 20 pages
                                                    ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                    READABILITY: Fernandez Huerta-78.04; Gutierrez-47.28​

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                                                    La Bella Durmiente

                                                      La Bella Durmiente​​, a traditional tale
                                                      A witch puts a curse on a princess: she will fall asleep for all eternity. But true love wakes up the sleeping beauty.

                                                      AGES: ALL
                                                      LENGTH: 2,414 words, 23 pages
                                                      ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                      READABILITY: Fernández Huerta-82.21; Gutierrez-48.75​​

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                                                      El Principito

                                                        El Principito​, a story by Etienne de Saint-Exupery 
                                                        A little prince lives on his planet with only one friend, his rose. When the little prince leaves and has adventures, he misses his rose.

                                                        AGES: ALL
                                                        LENGTH: 1,372 words, 22 pages
                                                        ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                        READABILITY: Fernández Huerta-80.91; Gutiérrez-49.59​

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                                                        El hombre de jengibre

                                                          El hombre de jengibre​, a traditional tale
                                                          A cookie is shaped like a little man, but it comes to life and runs away.

                                                          AGES: ALL
                                                          LENGTH: 649 words, 15 pages
                                                          ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                          READABILITY: Fernández Huerta-89.32; Gutiérrez-51.76​​

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                                                          A Christmas Carol

                                                            A Christmas Carol​, a story by Charles Dickens
                                                            Scrooge only cares about money so three spirits take him to see Christmas past, present, and future.

                                                            AGES: ALL
                                                            LENGTH: 2,414 words, 27 pages
                                                            ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                            READABILITY: Flesch-Kincaid- grade 2.1; Gunning Fog- 4.7​

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                                                            Hansel and Gretel

                                                              Hansel and Gretel, a traditional story
                                                              Two children are abandoned in the forest. They are very hungry until they see a house made out of candy. But they soon find the candy is a trap.

                                                              AGES: ALL
                                                              LENGTH: 2,096 words, 19 pages
                                                              ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                              READABILITY: Flesch-Kincaid- grade 2.6; Gunning Fog-4.8

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                                                              Alice in Wonderland

                                                                Alice in Wonderland, a story by Lewis Carroll
                                                                A little girl, Alice, runs after a White Rabbit. She runs into many strange creatures in a magical world.

                                                                AGES: ALL
                                                                LENGTH: 2,446 words, 29 pages
                                                                ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                READABILITY: Flesch-Kincaid- grade 2.0; Gunning Fog- 4.6

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                                                                Sleeping Beauty

                                                                  Sleeping Beauty, a traditional story
                                                                  A witch puts a curse on a princess: she will fall asleep for all eternity. But true love wakes up the sleeping beauty.

                                                                  AGES: ALL
                                                                  LENGTH: 1,771 words, 23 pages
                                                                  ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                  READABILITY: Flesch-Kincaid- grade 3.2; Gunning Fog- 5.6

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                                                                  Cinderella

                                                                    Cinderella, a traditional story
                                                                    A poor girl must work for her step-mother and step-sisters. She is unhappy, until she goes to the royal ball.

                                                                    AGES: ALL
                                                                    LENGTH: 1,796 words, 23 pages
                                                                    ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                    READABILITY: Flesch-Kincaid- grade 4.3; Gunning Fog- 6
                                                                    (0-2000) Highest Frequency Words: 95.8% ​

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                                                                    The Musicians of Bremen

                                                                      The Musicians of Bremen, a traditional story
                                                                      Animals are abandoned, so they go out on the road looking to become musicians in the big city, Bremen.

                                                                      AGES: ALL
                                                                      LENGTH: 2,137 words, 26 pages
                                                                      ILLUSTRATIONS: heavily illustrated
                                                                      READABILITY: Flesch-Kincaid- grade 2.7; Gunning Fog-5.2

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