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Series books geared to new readers

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)

Why are there so many series books for young readers? They come at a crucial time when, between ages 4 and 9, children begin to devour books. Adults have to make this transition along with them. It’s not as quick or easy to judge a novel as it is a picture book. Successful series provide a known quantity for both adults and children. Fortunately for young book gobblers, there is a smorgasbord of short novel series. These books have large print, a low page count, easy vocabulary and occasional illustrations. Here is a sampling of new series to fit the many interests of emerging readers.

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