Choosing the Right Reading for NOW

Little Girl Laying on Couch Reading a Book

Do you have a brand new kindergartner or 3rd grader or middle school student in need of summer reading? Glen Ellyn Public Library has 100,000 books. Where to start?

Start with the smiling faces at the Desk as you enter Youth Department! We love summer reading and helping find just the right book!

The 5 Finger Test for all ages: read any one page out loud. Each time you come to an unfamiliar word, hold up a finger. If you get to five fingers on any one page, choose an easier book. If you read two or three pages and know all the words, maybe you are ready for something more difficult!

School list books are on special displays to make them easy to find. This includes all grade level books, plus Monarch, Bluestem and Caudill award nominees.

Beginning reader books have reading level indicated by a color dot. Easiest pre-readers are green and they get progressively more difficult through yellow, orange, red, and purple.

Easy chapter books are located in the fiction collection and are marked with an owl sticker.

Graphic novels are located in a separate area and are organized by character.

Information books are a good choice for kids reading at an advanced level. Pick a subject area of interest and the choices range from beginning readers through middle school. Great for those kids reading at 4th grade but entering 2nd!

Magazines are a good choice for reluctant readers. Choose an interest area like sports or animals and select from our back issues for check out.

YA sticker are placed on books in the Youth fiction collection which will be of interest to Middle School students. Books listed in the computer catalog as “YA” are located in the upstairs Teen Scene.

Reading by ear? Books on CD, Playaway, Playaway Views, videos, or digital downloads.

Reading and eating, eating and reading. This summer Reading is So Delicious! with GEPL’s summer reading program.

-Robin, Early Literacy Librarian

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