What book is just right for your new reader?
By Mary Ellen Braks, Youth Services Manager, Spokane County Library District, Success By 6 Board Member
It's an exciting time when your child is starting to learn how to read. Many parents have questions on how best to pick out books that match up with their child's reading skills. We know it can be very confusing and overwhelming to pick out an appropriate book for a new reader.
Easy Reader books are designed to challenge a beginning reader and give them practice as they become more fluent readers. To make this process easier, the Spokane County Library District has divided their Easy Reader collection into four groups to help parents select books at an appropriate reading level for their beginning reader: pre-emergent, emergent, early fluent, and fluent. Every book in the Easy Reader (ER) collection has a color coded label to easily distinguish between the levels. Below is a list of the levels with the color of the label and some characteristics that show how each level is different.
Pre-emergent (white ER label) – For the new reader, these books feature large print and pictures with few words per page. Children at a Pre-emergent reading level will:
Emergent (yellow ER label) – These books offer a few more words to decode and a slightly more complex storyline, but still feature a large print. Children at the Emergent reading level will:
Early Fluent (red ER label) – The books in this section offer smaller print and pictures, a slightly more complicated storyline and advanced vocabulary. Children at the Early Fluent level will:
Fluent (teal ER label) – These books offer more complex ideas, extended episodes and action with a more advanced vocabulary. Children at the Fluent reading level will:
The next time you're in the library looking for books, ask the librarian where the Easy Reader section is and we'll help you find the "just right" book for your new reader.