One of my fellow Cybils’ judges, Katie Ahearn, is a children’s librarian; an avid reader and book blogger. I love reading her posts for her critical insights on children’s books. Hope you find her analysis as useful as I have!
“Five Characteristics of Great Easy Readers
The finalists for the 2011 Cybils were announced on Sunday, and among them were the five chapter books and four easy readers chosen by the first-round panelists in the Easy Reader/Early Chapter Book Category, of which I was one. Since I have now officially come to the end of my Cybils duties for this year, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on what I’ve taken away from the experience, and what I have learned about easy readers and chapter books. Today, I’ll discuss what makes a great easy reader, and tomorrow, I’ll do the same for chapter books. ”