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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Easy Readers and Chapter Books

According to  Easy Readers are books for kids just starting to read for themselves with levels starting at Kindergarten through 3rd grade. The books can be 32-64 pages long broken into smaller chapters. Here are two samples I checked out from the Library:

Butterfly Garden
by Margaret McNamara
illustrated by Mike Gordon

Easy Reader Level One
Part of The Robin Hill School Series

This is a very good example of an Easy Reader with short, simple sentences and
very relatable to the kindergarten-1st grade crowd.
The illustrations are very cute and kid-friendly.

A chapter book is defined by for kids ages 7-10,
45-60 pages long, broken into chapters of 3-4 pages.
The sentences are more complex than Easy Readers with more action.

The Boxcar Children
by Gertrude Chandler Warner

There are 19 books in this series. This book was written in 1924. I was surprised by its simplicity, even for a chapter book. The sentences are simpler than I expected. Some of that might be related to the year it was written--life, in general, was a simpler time. But, I also learned, after reading about the author, that she helped develop a series of easy readers especially for children who struggled with the usual school books.

It also surprised me that these books were around when my parents grew up, but I'd never heard of them until my kids were in school. I think I would've enjoyed them when I was 6 or 7.

The story structure is simple with easy vocabulary and short sentences. In the background of the story the children have very good manners and are easy to please. Maybe that isn't realistic, but it teaches children how they can behave. Kids like the idea of being on their own. I enjoyed reading this book and I know my grandkids have enjoyed this series.

The Fairy Bell Sisters: Christmas Fairy Magic
by Margaret McNamara

This is a sweet little story of sacrifice, love, and service.
The illustrations are delicate and fairy-like as if the fairies drew them.
This is definitely for the dainty. Me? At this age I was into Harriet, the Spy.

In complete contrast to that story is

Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business
by Barbara Park

This is written in first person exactly the way I've heard my five-year-old grandkids talk, a little spoiled and obnoxious, but funny and true to life. Junie B is very relatable to kids and to this grandma
because I acted a lot like Junie. I was always in trouble at school and I was obnoxious.