Illustrated Early Chapter Book

I love it when authors use all their tools to get early readers engaged.  Creating an illustrated early chapter book is a nice way to take some of the pressure off the leap up from those simple early reader books.  Illustrated novels are much less intimidating for kids and allow them to use the pictures as a guide in the story.  Remember, reading for pleasure should not be difficult.  It is an opportunity to give kids more practice so they will love books!

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Title: My Life in Picturesmy-life-in-pictures illustrated early chapter book

Author: Deborah Zemke

Target: Grades 1-3

Series: This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about:

Bea Garcia is an artist and she draws all the important events in her life. She is devastated when her best friend and next door neighbor moves to Australia and a monster boy arrives in her place. He burps, calls Bea names and generally annoys Bea to death. However, it turns our her drawing skills are just the ticket to get the monster off her back and start making new friends.

Why I love this book:

  • I like illustrated novels for early chapter book readers because they feel much less intimidating for kids moving up from early reader books. Having an illustrated novel with a main character who is a girl is especially appealing.
  • Bea is hispanic and I love seeing different ethnicities in main characters. Not every default character has to be white. Kids don’t expect or need that.
  • Cute story with lot’s of giggle inducing moments made this a lovely entrant into the category.

Who this book is for:

Great for kids who are moving cautiously from early readers or kids who need a light funny read.

Final thoughts:

Illustrated novels are a great way to step up to more complex text without scaring off a new reader!

To purchase this book:

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