Excellent Books for Early and Eager Readers

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For children, reading level and experience level are not always the same. Eager readers are often interested in ideas and topics that seem advanced, but situations and subjects that sixth graders can handle with aplomb may be emotionally confusing for a younger child. Early and eager readers deserve stories they can get into, information that's challenging and up-to-date, and ideas that are new and stimulating, all while remaining age appropriate. Here, children's lit expert Isaacs offers 300 book recommendations for early able readers ages 4–10, honing in on writing that will challenge but not frustrate young readers. Assisting librarians, teachers, and caregivers, this resource

  • provides recommended titles both old and new in a multitude of genres, including short stories, mystery, fantasy, adventure, picture books, poetry, historical fiction, classics, biography, folklore, mythology, fairy tales, animal fantasy, and nonfiction;
  • offers guidance on steering kids towards the best books for their age;
  • points to resources for finding quality books; and
  • includes an extensive index for locating titles, authors, and themes quickly.

Isaacs' experienced guidance will help adults encourage children who love to read … to read even more!


Chapter 1    Early Eager Readers and Their Books
Chapter 2    What Makes a Good Children's Book and What Makes a Good Book for a Young Reader
Chapter 3    Early Reader Transitional Books
Chapter 4    Poetry
Chapter 5    Families
Chapter 6    Friends and School
Chapter 7    Talking Animals and Tiny People
Chapter 8    Witches and Wizards and Magic
Chapter 9    Quests and Adventures
Chapter 10    Traditional Tales
Chapter 11    Living Long Ago
Chapter 12    Real Places and People
Chapter 13    Humor
Chapter 14    Compelling Characters
Chapter 15    Complicated Plots
Chapter 16    Finding Books for the Eager Reader

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Kathleen T. Isaacs

Longtime teacher and occasional librarian Kathleen T. Isaacs has worked with young people of all ages at schools and colleges in Maryland, Washington, D.C., British Hong Kong, and China as well as the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. Primarily a middle-school humanities teacher, she also taught children’s and young adult literature at Towson University and geography to highly able elementary-school students for the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University. She served on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the Baltimore County Office of Gifted Education and on numerous ALA book award committees, including Newbery, Batchelder, and Best Books for Young Adults. She has chaired the ALSC Notable Children’s Books, the ALSC Sibert Award, and the USBBY Outstanding International Books Committees. She writes and reviews books for Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, and other professional journals. She is an active participant in the Capitol Choices book discussion group. Her books include Picturing the World (ALA Editions) and Bugs, Bogs, Bats, and Books (Huron Street Press).

"Keys to the success of this work lie in its appealing book summaries and two-part indexing by title, author, and subjects as variant as the Galapagos Islands, Honus Wagner, and boarding schools. A must-have work for belabored public and school librarians and teachers, as well as home-schooling parents. Highly recommended."

"Those seeking books for early voracious readers will consult this valuable compilation often, eagerly, and gratefully."
— School Library Journal

"Offers valuable discussion … Parents, public librarians and school media specialists will find this to be a useful resource. It is also a great reminder to all information specialists about the importance of keeping our knowledge current and the necessity of tailoring reference assistance based on the individual needs of each library patron."
— Reference Reviews