Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention

Turn struggling readers into successful readers with engaging levelled books and fast-paced, systematically designed lessons.

The best just got better!

We're excited to announce the release of the NEW Leveled Literacy Intervention, 2nd Edition for Years K-2! These systems now align more closely with the 3-12 systems.


The NEW 2nd Edition features include:

  • Revised Phonics & Letter/Word Work
  • Refined Comprehension Conversation in assessments
  • Refined Discussing/Revisiting the Text
  • Revision of each book’s Text Characteristics to align with The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition
  • Inclusion of the Fountas & Pinnell Prompting Guide Part 2 for Comprehension
  • NEW LLI System Guide
  • NEW LLI Ready Resources

What is it?

The Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention System (LLI) is an intensive, small-group, supplementary literacy intervention for students who find reading and writing difficult. The goal of LLI is to lift the literacy achievement of students who are not achieving grade-level expectations in reading. The LLI systems are designed to:

  • Advance the literacy learning of students not meeting grade-level expectations in reading
  • Deepen and expand comprehension with close reading
  • Elevate the expertise of teachers
  • Increase reading volume by engaging students in large amounts of successful daily reading
  • Increase student engagement with books that build knowledge
  • Intervene with small groups of struggling readers to maximise growth
  • Meet the needs of struggling readers
  • Monitor student progress.

Who is it for?

The LLI systems are designed to be used with small groups of students who need intensive support to achieve grade-level competencies in grades K through 12. It also provides strong support for students who are acquiring English as an additional language and are receiving classroom reading instruction in English. You may also decide to include students who are identified as having special needs if the content of LLI meets the educational program specifications for the student.

What is inside?

The Leveled Literacy Intervention systems all feature a wide selection of engaging, carefully written and levelled student books and fast-paced lessons designed for students who are falling below grade-level expectations in reading. Each system also includes tools to facilitate successful implementation.

How is it implemented?

When implementing LLI, the first goal is to identify the students that need intensive support to reach grade-level competencies and find the instructional reading level for each of them. For entry into LLI, it will be necessary to assess the students’ instructional and independent reading levels. The more precise the initial assessment, the more effective teaching will be.


Schools may have many students who do not meet expectations for grade-level reading, or cannot fully participate and learn from the level of instruction in the classroom. These students benefit from LLI.


Fountas and Pinnell recommend that schools use the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System to determine the instructional reading level for each student. For schools that do not have access to the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System, teachers can:

  • Use other benchmark assessments you have in your school.
  • Use the information from any alternative assessments used in your school.


Read how the Murraylands Partnership incorporated LLI into their literacy strategy.