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Video:How to Find Chapter Books That Are Appropriate for New Readers

with Elizabeth Bird

Finding engaging chapter books are essential to instill a love of reading for young readers. Check out these recommendations for chapter books appropriate for new and young readers.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Find Chapter Books That Are Appropriate for New Readers

Hi, I’m Elizabeth Bird. I’m a children’s librarian with the Children’s Center at 42nd Street at New York's Public Library here for About.com. And I’m about to give you some brand new early chapter book recommendations that are fantastic.

Engaging Chapter Books Encourage More Reading

Now this is the moment where you get them or you lose them. Because if the books are not enticing to them. If they’re too hard or they’re not interesting enough, this is where you can lose potential readers. And, if you really want to instill an early love of reading, you’ve got to have great early chapter books that just grab them when they’re young and hold onto them for the rest of their lives.

My first recommendation is Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke. It takes place in contemporary Africa. And it follows little Anna Hibiscu and her huge extended family, They’ve got this giant compound. She’s got a million cousins, and Aunts and Uncles, and her tiny twin trouble making baby brother and sister. About living her daily life. Some of the basic problems that she has. They may not be the problems that kids in America tend to face, but that’s what I love about them.

Adventure Books are Exciting for New Readers

My next selection, The Bad Kitty books, particularly my favorite, “Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty, “ and they’re by Nick Bruel and this is a fantastic series about a very horrible kitty. She’s a perfectly fine cat but she hates dogs. She pretty much isn’t fond of other cats in general. It’s a fantastic series and I love these books very, very much and kids adore them as well.

The next book that I would recommend, the Toys Go Out books. These are by Emily Jenkins and they’re illustrated by Paul Zilinsky. I get a lot of parents who ask for good bed time reading. Toys Go Out is sort of a, it’s like if you took Toy Story, but you made it more low key and comfortable and cozy and lovely. We’re following th adventures of three little toys. They’re very lovely little adventures. Problems that toys have that kids wouldn’t necessarily consider. Like which toy gets to spend the night on the bed while the other toys are forced to sleep on the ground. It’s just a lovely series.

Find Relatable Chapter Books for New Readers

My fourth choice are The Clementine books by Sara Pennypacker. These are fantastic. If you’ve got a kid that likes the Ramona books and wants something similar, but maybe a little more contemporary. Here we have Clementine, she’s fantastic, she gets into tons of trouble all the time.

And my fifth and last suggestion is a perfect series for scaredy cats. Alvin Ho. His first book was Alvin Ho, Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things. Alvin is afraid of everything. In this particular book he has to deal with his fears of girls and other scary things. In his second book which was Alvin Ho, Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters. With these books I hope that we can inspire new readers to be curious about the world around them. To pull them in and to make them want to read other great books that are out there.

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