The transition between picture books and middle grade fiction is a critical time in a young readers life. Chapter books, as we call them in our library, play an integral roll in bridging the gap between early readers, read aloud stories and picture books and the more challenging "fiction" section and it is especially important that we have engaging, fun books for these emerging readers. As a K-8 school, our students' reading abilities stretch across broad range of grades. We have emerging readers at every grade level, in every class.
Finding characters that you identify with as a reader is always an important part of finding a good fit book, but during the transition from emerging reader to engaged reader, seeing yourself in a book becomes all the more critical.
As our school librarian, my goal is to make our library the heart of the school, where everyone feels welcome and represented, and where everyone can find a book that will inspire them to stretch their knowledge and understanding of the world.
Chapter books come at an important time in a young reader's life. They bridge the gap between early readers, picture books and I-can-read-books and the more complex titles in our fiction section. One of the best ways to inspire transitional readers to keep reading is by offering a wide range of high-interest, just right books where students can identify with the characters and stories.
I want every student to experience the wonder of finding themselves, and losing themselves in a great book.
Updating our chapter book section with new series, high interest books and a wider variety will help make our youngest students stronger readers.
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