2023 CYBILS Judges: Books for New Readers Panels

Easy readers are designed for kids to build vocabulary (e.g., "sight words") and practice their reading. They are leveled, with controlled vocabularies. They are commonly parts of series with reading-related titles, such as “Step into Reading” or “I Can Read” and they can usually be identified by their large type, simple sentence structure, and colorful illustrations on every page.

Compared to easy readers, early chapter books (aka short-chapter or beginning-chapter books) are a bit longer, and they have fewer illustrations. Instead of full-color pictures on every page, they may have just a few black and white line drawings sprinkled throughout the text. The simple plots and lots of dialogue, combined with the short chapters is what separates them from novels.

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