Teen Librarian Toolbox
December 18, 2021 by Betsy Bird
In the old days I used to separate out my Easy Book lists from my Early Chapter Book ones. This year, I may regret not doing that. So many good books!
July 30, 2021 by Betsy Bird
In the new chapter book series Too Small Tola, Atinuke has turned her book into a small masterpiece. Read these books, ye other mighty authors, and despair.
May 22, 2021 by Betsy Bird
The story of a boy subjected to an egregious home haircut and who takes that problem as an opportunity to not only learn new skills but also grow his own business . . . well, now that’s the kind of story I think we all need more of right now.
March 12, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Funny and smart, with a sly sense of humor that’s entirely its own, prepare for a series that you’ll want to see much more of in the future.
December 18, 2020 by Betsy Bird
Easy Books might have been scant in 2020 but Early Chapter Books abounded. We take a look at the titles that fill a very real, ever present need.
September 11, 2020 by Betsy Bird
Let’s hand Omar to as many kinds as we can name. Because as far as I’m concerned, funny books that also prove to be smart and socially conscious (not to mention anti-racist) might help us get out of the mess this world is in.
December 18, 2019 by Betsy Bird
Today, I consider a slew of different books that all fall into the no man's land of literature. Without them, we would lose so many kids. Let us tip our caps then to the books that do our dirty work, and rarely get the thanks they deserve.
July 2, 2019 by Betsy Bird
Meet the most necessary and least loved age range of children's books.I have been carefully combing through every last easy book and early chapter book I could get my grubby little hands on and, with the help of my co-workers, I've come up with a good, if imperfect, list.
December 19, 2018 by Betsy Bird
Older than easy but not yet novels. The fact of the matter is that while Easy Books are hard to write, Early Chapter Books are hard to categorize. They're also ideal bedtime books for older children, which means that with the European imports you get a lot of experimentation. American early chapter books are pretty much just written to please. Here then are the books written with 6-9 year olds in mind.
October 30, 2018 by Betsy Bird
I’ve heard them called any number of things. Junior chapter books. Young readers. Early chapter books. Just plain old “chapter books”. They’re the transitional readers you hand a child when they’ve graduated from easy books but aren’t ready yet for, say, Harry Potter. And like any book, they have a wide range of reading levels. […]
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