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Research / How to read more books
« Last post by terib on Yesterday at 10:57 AM »
I may be in the wrong section, but here goes...
Does anyone have a suggestion of how to read recent picture story books without having to buy them??  My library has very few books from the last 10 years!
I just can't afford to keep buying!
Thank y'all so much.
Contests and Challenges / Re: Haunted States of America Contest
« Last post by carole-sick on January 14, 2022, 04:08 PM »
Yes, thanks to all of you who have  posted comments and updates.  They have been a source of encouragement during this long process!!
Carole Sick
Ellie, word count is just one aspect of categorizing books for children. For instance, a PB is meant to be read out loud by a parent or teacher to the child so you can have rich language and play on words, etc. But when children are learning to read, the vocabulary is controlled. Many publishers have series with their own guidelines for leveled readers and some, like Scholastic and Charlesbridge have specific "bridge" books that span the range. Very few publishers are publishing the kind of classic fairytale you refer to. A recent one that I've loved is the story of Silent Night by Brigitte Weninger (sp?). An older book is The Weight of a Mass by Josephine Nobisso. Lovely writing and art. 

Joan Holub has quite a few series of fairytale books. Here's a goodreads list you might find useful:

Contests and Challenges / Re: Haunted States of America Contest
« Last post by wendy-booydegraaff on January 13, 2022, 07:33 AM »
Thanks to those who have checked in on this!
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Unresponsive publisher
« Last post by rachel-berkowitz on January 12, 2022, 07:53 PM »
Absolutely! And, like Debbie said, it's great to have it as a template as well, in case I need to use similar wording in the future. Which, hopefully, I won't...  8)
Picture Books (PB) / MOVED: looking for online critique group
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on January 12, 2022, 07:13 PM »
This topic has been moved to Find/Join Critique Groups.
I'm not sure what you mean by a bridge book. Can you clarify the age group and whether you intend the child to read or be read to?
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Unresponsive publisher
« Last post by Ev on January 12, 2022, 04:39 PM »
Yay! I know that's a relief for you to finally hear from them, Rachel. I'm glad Debbie's wording worked out well for you. (She's always so generous with her help to others.)
Hi Ellie,

If your story has more words than a PB (less than 500), you're probably talking about early chapter books/transitional chapter books vs. early readers, which can have as few as 20-80 words and are for those just beginning to read. Is your audience 2nd-3rd graders?

Can you borrow books via WorldCat through your library? I do that when my library doesn't have a particular title. You might look into Diary of a Wimpy Kid (not fantasy), Princess in Black (love), Dragon Masters (Scholastic), Dragon Slayers' Academy, or Big, Bad Detective Agency.

Good luck!


Hi All,

I'm in the process of doing market research. I'm looking for books published within the last 5 years that are early readers or easy chapter books with lots of illustrations.

My book, that I had originally intended to make into a PB has too many words for PB, so I'm curious about making it into a bridge book. It's a fantasy book, a retelling of the ugly duckling but with a twist in that the ugly duckling is a dragon, it's written in a similar style to Hans Christian Anderson and Beatrix Potter.

So I'm curious about any books that have a fantasy theme, or have that "classic" fairy tale feel.

I live in a small town and unfortunately the books stores and libraries are limited. Many of the books they carry were published in the 80's or 90's. I'm a fan of Junie B Jones and Roald Dahl as much as the next person but that doesn't help me right now lol.

Do you have any recommendations of books I should look at? Thank you so much!
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