School Support Tip: Easy Reader Fiction

school supportEasy Reader Fiction Books

Easy Reader Fiction books are a wonderful and engaging tool to involve preschool children and beginning readers in literacy development.

The Stratford Library Children’s Department has an extensive collection of Easy Reader Fiction books designed to encourage love of reading among young children.

The goal in choosing Easy Reader books is to find materials that are challenging and contain vocabulary new to the reader while not being so difficult as to interfere with understanding or cause frustration. It is most important to find a book that the child wants to read so they have the necessary motivation, and to read with them in a supportive and non-stressful environment, showing them how fun it is to read!

Reading level may be determined by difficulty of vocabulary, sentence length and complexity, number of syllables and other factors. Each professional leveling program uses its own designation: letters, numbers, colors.

The Stratford Library broadly designates the levels of Easy Reader Fiction books with colored circles and numbers on the book spines:

1 RED: Guided Reading A-D and DRA 1-4
(very simple; a word or two per page; kindergarten-1st grade)

2 BLUE: Guided Reading E-I and DRA 6-16
(beginning readers; a short sentence or two per page; roughly 1st-2nd grade depending on reading ability)

3 YELLOW: Guided Reading J-P and DRA 18-38
(for stronger readers with greater vocabulary and word recognition skills; range from several full sentences per page to true short chapters; roughly 2nd-3rd grade depending on reading ability)

Some of our popular Easy Reader Fiction series:

splat the cat bookYoung Cam Jansen by Adler
Fly Guy by Arnold
Berenstain Bears
Biscuit by Capucilli
Cork and Fuzz by Chacones
Aunt Eater by Cushman
Daniel Tiger
Read with Dick and Jane
Pony Scouts by Hapka
Penny by Henkes
Dear Dragon by Hillert
Pinky & Rex by Howe
Pinkalicious by Kann
The Wild Kratts
Ling & Ting by Lin
katie woo bookFrog and Toad by Lobel
Katie Woo by Manushkin
Little Critter by Mayer
Fluffy by McMullan
Pearl & Wagner by McMullan
Gus and Grandpa by Mills
Little Bear by Minarik
Fancy Nancy by O’Connor
Amelia Bedelia by Parish
Peanuts series
Henry and Mudge by Rylant
Mr. Putter and Tabby by Rylant
Splat the Cat by Scotton
The Cat in the Hat and others by Dr. Seuss
Nate the Great by Sharmat
Star Wars series
Mud Flat by Stevenson
We Both Read
Elephant & Piggie by Willems

These books are located next to the Easy Non-Fiction books. Happy reading!

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