Acorn: A New Series for Emerging Readers from Scholastic!
Five years ago, inspired by Scholastic and their new Branches imprint of chapter books for emerging readers, I created a the label: Bridge Chapter Books, which I use to define a chapter book that is harder than Frog & Toad, but not as hard as The Magic Tree House. These titles fall (approximately) at an early to mid-second grade reading level and are highly illustrated. Now, I am thrilled to share another new imprint for even younger readers that does not fall far from the fantastic tree that grew it!
ACORN chapter books are for emerging readers at roughly a first to second grade reading level. They are highly, wonderfully illustrated chapter books, each book ending with a "How To" drawing lesson based on a character from the story make these creative standouts that are sure to engage new readers! Each book is approximately 50 pages long and, with a superb selection of authors and illustrators along with great design, they are worth every penny and sure to be read and reread, an important part of learning to read. I am especially excited to see old friends, like Cynthia Rylant and Mark Teague's food-filled series about a city pig who moves to a small town, POPPLETON series and Dav Pilkey's sweetly hilarious DRAGON series - both among the first books I reviewed when I started back in 2008 - being reformatted as part of the Acorn family.
I may not review every title here, but please know that I am so impressed with these books - and sure that they will be a hit with my students - I have bought multiple copies of every book in each series for my school library (in paperback and library binding) and am SO excited to get them into the hands of my students, many of whom struggle to read at grade level.