Youth Services Bulletin

Tips for Creating an Inviting Reading Space

Don’t know what to do with all the books your family received over the Holidays? Create a cozy reading space, nook, or cranny for your family to read in! So, without further ado, I present five tips to consider when creating a reading space!

  1. Space- Provide ample space in your reading area for your child to invite you or another guest (parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, or stuffed animals) to join them in a story. Encourage your child to make it their own space and allow it some privacy.
  2. Temperature- Set up the reading space in warm place within the house. You might even like to add a blanket to the space. No one can enjoy a book with cold feet.
  3. Light- Set up your reading space in a light-filled room and have a lamp set up for night-time reads.
  4. Book Storage- Don’t overload the space with too many books, but make sure there is storage for a few books that are easy for your child to access.
  5. Comfy and Quiet- Create a comfortable and cozy space for your child: it could be a comfy couch, beanbag, or a whole heap of cushions. Try to set up the reading space in a quiet part of the house away from distractions such as television, dishwashers, and washing machines. This will help your child to focus on the book they are reading.

5 Easy Chapter Book Series for Early Readers

Flat Stanley

Stanley is a little boy who was accidentally smashed flat and decides to see the world by mailing himself everywhere and you can read all about his amazing adventures in this series.

Magic Treehouse

This series revolve around siblings Jack and Annie, who discover that a tree house in the woods near their home can transport them to different places and historical periods. The children are sent all around the globe to achieve specific goals, usually to rescue an important historical document. The books are all highly entertaining and educational.

Amber Brown

Amber Brown's name sounds like it might be a crayon color. She has to deal with things like her parents divorcing and her best friend moving across the country.

A to Z Mysteries

This series follows 9-year-old detectives Dink, Josh, and Ruth as they solve many mysteries. 26 of them, to be precise. One for every letter in the alphabet.

Judy Moody

Judy Moody is a little girl who has lots of moods. She has a mood for anything life throws at her. Sometimes it's a bad mood and sometimes it's a medical mood and sometimes it's a fancy mood, but she always has a mood.

Flat Stanley Judy Moody Detective camp

Inside the Brain of a Struggling Reader

Inside the brain of a struggling reader infographic

Halloween Chapter Books for Early Readers

How to Find Great Early Chapter Books

  • A good clue is the age of the protagonist. Is the main character the same age as your child? If so, then likely the book is a good match.
  • Size of type. Books with larger fonts are geared towards younger children.
  • Density of illustrations. The more illustrations the younger the audience. This does not apply to all books (graphic novels are one exception). Illustration-heavy books are good choices for reluctant readers.
  • Color illustrations usually indicate an easier reading level.
  • If you find an author you like, look for more of their books. Authors often write multiple books for the same reading level.
  • Kids naturally self-censor. If a book is too difficult, they will put it down.

For non-fiction books, the easier readers are marked in purple at the New Lenox Public Library! Also at the library, we have books lists sorted by topic or grade level, which may be helpful in your search. Find them by the Youth Services main desk!

If you’re still having difficulty finding appropriate books ask your friendly neighborhood librarian!

Ivy and Bean : no news is good news The knight at dawn Cam Jansen and the mystery of the dinosaur bone The life of Ty : penguin problems