At the Wausau, Marathon County Public Library location, books for children who are learning to read independently are now shelved together by authors' last names. Parents and children can now choose books that match their abilities using the following recommendations from the library children’s staff when choosing a reading level.
RED- beginning reader: simple short stories, with easy text, only a few words on each page and many pictures to help tell the story.
BLUE- emergent reader: books have one or two lines of text on each page with simple sentences and pictures to help tell the story.
GREEN- semi-fluent reader, these books have more complex story structures with a plot, more sentences to a page and more difficult vocabulary.
YELLOW- fluent reader: books with short chapters, more complex vocabulary and sentence structure, with few pictures.
These colors will appear on the spine of all easy reader books. Ask MCPL children’s staff for more details.
image credit: Image by Marathon County Public Library staff.