Bebop Books: Leveled Reading for the Classroom
Bebop Books, an exclusive imprint of LEE & LOW BOOKS, offers leveled books that support literacy learning content for beginning readers in guided reading and intervention settings—all with the same commitment to diversity and cultural authenticity that sets all LEE & LOW books apart.
In 2014, children of color became the new majority in America’s public schools, so now more than ever, it’s important that classroom books and materials reflect today’s students. Our Bebop Books resources are used in classrooms across the country to support literacy learning content for beginning readers, with multicultural content that affirms identity for all students.
Our comprehensive literacy program includes resources for guided reading, classroom libraries, shared reading, assessment and ELL/Dual Language programs. Here are just some of the resources that we offer through our Bebop Books line:
Bebop Books are carefully leveled texts that appeal to children’s interests and provide the supports they need as they face challenges in their development as readers. All books are leveled by the most common book leveling systems used by teachers ensuring appropriate matches between children and books. Our titles cover a wide range of concepts, themes, and interest areas that appeal to children and fit right into your daily reading block.
Perfect for small groups, Bebop Books include leveled sets that meet the needs of your emergent readers and comprehensive lesson plans to guide your instruction. Our literacy materials provide opportunities in guided practice, scaffolded learning, independent sustained reading, and comprehension applications. In addition, all books contain text features that support emergent reader strategies, skills, and behaviors such as:
- Topics familiar to children
- High-frequency words, sight words and decodable words
- Simple patterns and a clear sequence of events
- Extensive vocabulary
Browse our leveled reading collections.
Together with meeting the demands of education standards, Bebop Books aims to reflect and celebrate today’s classroom and the uniqueness of each child. Within each level, Bebop Books offers a balance of gender, race, cultures, and family dynamics to recognize the diversity of your classroom and experiences of your students.
We work with schools to create custom libraries, but you can also browse hundreds of pre-made collections on our website including:
- Informational Nonfiction for Grades 3-6
- Historical Fiction for Grades PreK-2
- High-Low Books for Teens
Browse them all here.
Assessment and Running Records
Bebop Books is proud to have its books included in The Teachers College Alternative Reading Assessment for Grades K–2. Developed by some of our nation’s top educators, the complete assessment program provides a trustworthy system for tracking and supporting children’s growth in literacy.
The assessment kit includes twenty-two Bebop titles for use in grades K, 1, and 2, running records, student profiles, teacher scripts and tips, and assessment charts. Please visit Teachers College Reading & Writing Project (TCRWP) to learn more about the assessments and running records for Levels A–K.
More information on our included books and resources can be found here.
Reading Recovery® Bebop Books Collection
With our new Reading Recovery® Bebop Books collections, schools across the country will now be able to bring more equity, inclusion, and diversity into their classroom libraries. Available in English and Spanish. Learn more at leeandlow.com/educators/reading-recovery.
Did you recently win a grant that you need diverse, culturally responsive books for? Are you currently in the process of applying for a grant and would like to use Lee & Low Books as a resource or vendor for multicultural literature? Our expert team will help you satisfy whatever themes or needs that are particular for your specific project. Please note that we do not award grants. Reach out to Verónica Labarca at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about your customized list and get started!
ELL/Dual Language Programs
English Language Learners need the same literacy support as native speakers. Bebop Books recognizes the need for quality leveled books in Spanish as well as English in today’s schools.
We offer hundreds of titles in Spanish at all reading levels. Spanish educators and literacy experts have leveled Spanish versions of the Bebop books separate from the level of its corresponding English version in order to meet students’ Spanish language acquisition needs and abilities. Our books are culturally authentic, with high-quality translations that teachers will feel good about. We don’t treat our Spanish editions as secondary: they are equally important and published with great care.
Browse our bilingual and dual language books.
Free Customized Orders
Want to create a book order based on reading level, theme, and/or student demographics? We can help! Our in-house Sales & Literacy Team can help you build a free custom book order for your school or district.
Please take a moment to download/fill out our School Needs Questionnaire and send to Verónica Labarca at vlabarca [at] leeandlow [dot] com to get started!
Explore our site to learn more about how Bebop Books can help your children succeed in their reading efforts:
Guided Reading with Emergent Readers by Dr. Jeanne Clidas
Selected Bebop Books Products Now Available
What I Eat
Places Where I Play
My Auntie Erika
Manny the Bear
Lolita on a Farm
In the Forest
Buster the Baker