The weather today is hot and sunny. A surprisingly warm and muggy day considering summer is still a few days off. Maybe it's the heat but somehow I've gotten into my head to work on an easy reader. Here's what I've found; these books are not easy to write (or get published!) Below are a few tips if you do attempt to write one.
-Easy Readers are generally 32 to 64 pages long and range from 200 to 1,500 words.
-The story is told mainly through action and dialogue in gramatically simple sentences, typically one idea per sentence.
books average two to five sentences per page in lower levels, going up
to a paragraph or two per page or two per page for older readers.
1- Emergent Reader: 24-32 pages, 20-100 words, controlled vocabulary,
repeated words, picture clues, predictable patterns.
2-Progressing Reader: 32 pages, 100-300 words, longer sentences, simple
dialogue, more in depth plat, non-fiction and fiction.
3- Transitional Reader: 32-48 pages, 300-500 words, controlled
vocabulary, multi-sylabble and compound words, more dialogue, different
POVs, more chapters, more complex story lines, great range of genres
4-Fluent Reader-48 pages, 500-900 words, controlled vocabulary, more
advanced vocabulary, detailed and descriptive text, complex story
structure, in-depth plot and character development, full range of
genres, table of content.
Beginning Readers come after Level 4 and Early Chapter Books come before Chapter Books.
note: Controlled vocabulary usually refers to words on the Dolch Sight Word List (www.kidzone.ws/dolch/index.htm)