New for New Readers: What (Exactly) IS an Easy Reader?

New for New Readers: What (Exactly) IS an Easy Reader?
Emily Prigg

Why are high-quality books for emerging readers so challenging to find? Our marvelous librarian, Sylvie Shaffer, dives deep into great books for PreK though 2nd Grade emerging readers in her article for Horn Book Magazine.


Why are high-quality books for emerging readers so challenging to find? I ask this question as a parent of an emerging reader, as well as in my professional capacity as an elementary school librarian. I'm also asked this same question by teachers, other parents, and professional colleagues. After ruminating about easy readers for years (and serving on the 2018 Theodor Seuss Geisel committee, an award that "is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year"), I have started to develop a framework for some answers.

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