Kiddie Lit Blogposts from the OVL Children's Room Staff
‘EARLY CHAPTER BOOKS’ FILL THE GAP
Are your children at that ‘in-between’ age –ready to read books that are more difficult than ‘Easy Readers,’ but not quite ready for longer ‘J Fiction’ chapter books? Well, fortunately, in recent years, more and more publishers are offering what librarians often call ‘Early Chapter Books.’
So while Easy Readers like the Frog and Toad series (by Arnold Lobel), and the Henry and Mudge series (by Cynthia Rylant) are and will always be worth the read, here at the Osterville Village Library we have just the booklist you’ll need to guide your young readers into some really-excellent-but-still-not-too-hard-to-read books.
These Early Chapter books are full of adventure, mystery, and fantasy; many are about children just like your children; and many are just plain funny. Many are series, so children can read one, then read more! Plus, many of these Early Chapter books are written by highly-regarded children’s authors, like Kate DiCamillo, Jane Yolen, and Shannon Hale, so your children can enjoy these books and soon move on to longer, well-written chapter books.
Stop by our Children’s Room for a copy of our Early Chapter Books booklist.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN, THIS BOOK HAS NO WORDS?
What good is a book without words? If you are, like me, a fan of wordless picture books, you would say that many books without words are marvelous indeed. These include old classics like Anno’s Journey (Mitsumasa Anno)…new takes on old tales like The Lion and the Mouse (Jerry Pinkney) … and recent stories that transport the reader to new places, like The Red Book (Barbara Lehman).
And then there is the considerable body of work of David Wiesner, a three-time Caldecott award-winning author/illustrator worthy of being near if not at the top of many people’s ‘best of’ lists. From Free Fall to Flotsam to the unforgettable flying frogs in the book Tuesday, Weisner’s… artistry and imagination no know limits.
You can see Wiesner's influence in the picture books Journey, Quest and Return, by Aaron Becker. Even without the words, or perhaps because of the lack of them, I can ‘read’ wordless children’s books over and over, and still have the pictures tell me an ever-deepening story. books, Journey, Quest and Return, by Aaron Becker. Even without the words, or perhaps because of the lack of them, I can ‘read’ wordless children’s books over and over, and still have the pictures tell me an ever-deepening story.
Let your child discover the magic of wordless picture books; let them discover their own stories in the pictures. To find out more, check out this GoodReads list, or visit us! Browse our collection, request books from other CLAMS libraries, and try our David Wiesner’s innovative picture book app, called Spot, on our Makerspace iPad.