Grabbing the attention of new readers is a difficult task. Using just a few simple words and illustrations to create a quality storyline is an enormous challenge. Each January, the American Library Association presents the (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award to “the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.”
Past winners make a great starting place for enjoyable books that delight beginning readers. In anticipation of next year’s Geisel winners, we are always on the look-out for new books that meet the official criteria. On Mondays, you will find these books posted here.
|The Trail Ride
Catherine Hapka, author; Anne Kennedy, illustrator
Summary: “Meg, Jill, and Annie can steer their ponies. They even know how to trot! So what’s the harm in taking a little trail ride by themselves? The Pony Scouts will soon find out that even though they know a lot, there’s still much for them to learn!” – front flap
|Fancy Nancy Fancy Day in Room 1-A
Jane O’Connor, author; Robin Preiss Glaser, illustrator
Summary: “When Penny comes home from school, she is ready to sing her song. But the babies are sleeping, and Mama and Papa are worried that Penny will wake them up. Oh, but it is a good song, a really wonderful song…” – front flap
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