Easy Reader/Short Chapter Books – Category Description

This category is all about books for beginning readers, covering an age range from preschool to grade 3. There are two subcategories:

Easy readers use short sentences, large print and a controlled vocabulary to give brand-new readers opportunities to practice decoding and comprehending text. These books are usually illustrated in full color, with pictures on every page, and they are often labeled on their front covers with publisher-assigned reading levels. Examples include the Frog and Toad series, The Bink and Gollie series, and the Katie Woo series.

Beginning chapter books serve as the bridge between easy readers and middle grade novels. They have shorter chapters and larger print than books for older readers, and the text is often very dialogue-heavy. Black and white line drawings appear throughout beginning chapter books, but not always on every page. Chapter books have more detailed plots than easy readers, but do not have the complicated subplots used in middle grade fiction. Examples include the Horrible Harry, Princess Posey, and Calvin Coconut series.

– Katie Fitzgerald